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Branchiura sowerbyi is an introduced oligochaete worm found in slow flowing streams and rivers. Like other oligochaetes they are visibly segmented, but unlike most oligochaetes they have finger-like gills towards the end of the body. They are relatively small and fragile, often breaking into segments when sampled.
Like other oligochaetes they are most common in slow-flowing waters where they inhabit fine sediments.
They are deposit feeders, collecting fine organic matter from bottom sediments.
- Hard bottom: unassigned; general oligochaete value 1
- Soft bottom: unassigned; general oligochaete value 3.8
The tolerance values (ranging from 0 to 10) give an indication of which are the sensitive taxa (values of 8 or more) and which are the tolerant taxa (values of 3 or less). For more information see: Indicator species
We have found Branchiura in farmland and urban soft bottom streams. This genus has not been assigned tolerance values but the oligochaete worms have low tolerance values of 1 (hard bottom sites) and 3.8 (soft bottom sites).