O. multiporus - TEACHING RESOURCE. O. multiporus is also unusual because it is bioluminescent. O. multiporus squirts out coelomic fluid from its mouth, anus and dorsal (underside) pores when it is disturbed. The fluid emits a bright orange-yellow light that glows in the dark. It has recently been discovered that the fluid glows in different colours depending on the age of the earthworm.
Student Activity - DIY fern classification - In this activity, students use fern specimens or image cards to group species of ferns according to their physical structures (rhizomes, fronds and sporangia).
STUDENT ACTIVITY - Identifying bugs - In this activity, students use the web resource ‘What is this bug?’ from Landcare Research to identify an insect. This easy-to-use web page allows students to learn more about insects.
DOWNLOADABLE POWERPOINT - Common New Zealand earthworms - Although earthworms have many common characteristics, species differ widely in their size, skin colour and the roles they play in the soil ecosystem. Use the Common New Zealand earthworms PowerPoint to learn more about introduced and native earthworms.
New Zealand is home to an amazing collection of invertebrates - animals without backbones. Here is a collection of invertebrates photographed by Dr Anne Wignall (Massey University). All rights reserved.
NEWS STORY: NZ’s fish-eating spider 11/11/2014 Intrigued by anecdotal evidence of fish hunting by spiders, two arachnologists have discovered a New Zealand spider that is capable of catching little fish.