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Alabama Jumper Scientific Name?

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3:04 pm
March 4, 2016


captainhoward@yahoo.com

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Can someone please tell me the scientific name for Alabama Jumpers? I thought it was Amynthas gracilis, but I'm finding people who are calling it Pheretima hawayanus. Is this the same worm we're talking about or is it two different worms? Is there any way to tell the difference?

Thanks

1:54 pm
March 8, 2016


Philip Rock

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Common names can be misleading.  I just did a little Google searching.  A gracilis and P. hawayanus are in different genera – but both are in the same family.  I don't think there is an 'easy' way to tell them apart without training and looking at microscopic details – and I am a biologist.  I'm not a worm specialist though, and I wouldn't try to distinguish between these closely-related worm species.  I found this link which seems to be pretty authoritative and states that A. gracilis is the 'Alabama Jumper'.  It also states that it has been misidentified as P. hawayanus in the past.  This may explain the confusion.

But as Shakespeare wrote: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet". As long as the worms work well in your system, does it really matter what they are called? 

Me?  I stick with Eisenia foetida – good-old red wigglers!

Best of luck to you,

Phil


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