In a first for Cornwall and a second-time record for Britain, a recent ERCCIS workshop discovered an extremely rare species of earthworm on Tremough Campus, Penryn.

The species Aporrectodea cupulifera was discovered during a Recording Workshop by two students, and has been taken to the Natural History Museum in London. Laura Fox (coordinator) said:

“It is unclear whether this species truly is as rare as it seems, or merely very under-recorded. The main purpose of ERCCIS workshops is to improve skills and confidence in identifying and recording species groups in order to help fill the gaps in our knowledge.”

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