Predictions & Data for this entry

Model: std climate: C migrate: phylum:
COMPLETE = 2.5 ecozone: TP, TN, TA, TH food: biD class:
MRE = 0.135 habitat: 0iTh, 0iTf, 0iTi gender: Hh order:
SMSE = 0.146 embryo: Tt reprod: O family:

Zero-variate data
ab 25 14.51 (0.4196)dage at birthCEH2016
tp 60 61.71 (0.02851)dtime since birth at pubertyCEH2016
am1825 1825 (2.361e-05)dlife spanCEH2016
Lb 1 1.343 (0.3432)cmlength at birthCEH2016
Lp 5 4.461 (0.1077)cmlength at pubertyCEH2016
Li 8 6.776 (0.153)cmultimate total lengthCEH2016
Wwb0.015 0.01666 (0.1106)gwet weight at birthReinVent1987
Wwp0.6 0.6104 (0.01741)gwet weight at pubertyReinVil1990
Wwi2.4 2.139 (0.1087)gultimate wet weightNeuh1980
Ri0.8871 0.9096 (0.02534)#/dmaximum reprod rateCEH2016
Uni-variate data
DatasetFigure(RE)Independent variableDependent variableReference
tW1 see Fig. 1 (0.1238)timewet weightCEH2016
tW2 see Fig. 1 (0.1235)timewet weightCEH2016
tW3 see Fig. 1 (0.1809)timewet weightCEH2016
tW4 see Fig. 1 (0.1405)timewet weightCEH2016
tW5 see Fig. 2 (0.1025)timewet weightCEH2016
tW6 see Fig. 2 (0.0986)timewet weightCEH2016
tW7 see Fig. 2 (0.09955)timewet weightCEH2016
tW8 see Fig. 2 (0.1896)timewet weightCEH2016
tW9 see Fig. 2 (0.2297)timewet weightCEH2016
tW21 see Fig. 3 (0.03887)timewet weightCEH2016
tW22 see Fig. 3 (0.09289)timewet weightCEH2016
tW23 see Fig. 3 (0.06809)timewet weightCEH2016
tW24 see Fig. 3 (0.3958)timewet weightCEH2016
tW25 see Fig. 3 (0.2106)timewet weightCEH2016
tW26 see Fig. 4 (0.346)timewet weightCEH2016
tW27 see Fig. 4 (0.4309)timewet weightCEH2016
tW28 see Fig. 4 (0.1201)timewet weightCEH2016
tW29 see Fig. 4 (0.1831)timewet weightCEH2016
tW210 see Fig. 4 (0.1025)timewet weightCEH2016
tW211 see Fig. 5 (0.08291)timewet weightCEH2016
tW212 see Fig. 5 (0.1556)timewet weightCEH2016
tW213 see Fig. 5 (0.1317)timewet weightCEH2016
tW214 see Fig. 5 (0.2061)timewet weightCEH2016
tW215 see Fig. 5 (0.1633)timewet weightCEH2016
tW216 see Fig. 6 (0.1225)timewet weightCEH2016
tW217 see Fig. 6 (0.1677)timewet weightCEH2016
tW218 see Fig. 6 (0.02033)timewet weightCEH2016
tW219 see Fig. 6 (0.1407)timewet weightCEH2016
tW220 see Fig. 6 (0.1127)timewet weightCEH2016
tW221 see Fig. 7 (0.03956)timewet weightCEH2016
tW222 see Fig. 7 (0.08575)timewet weightCEH2016
tW223 see Fig. 7 (0.2144)timewet weightCEH2016
tW224 see Fig. 7 (0.02803)timewet weightCEH2016
tW225 see Fig. 7 (0.09989)timewet weightCEH2016
tW226 see Fig. 8 (0.0536)timewet weightCEH2016
tW227 see Fig. 8 (0.03447)timewet weightCEH2016
tW228 see Fig. 8 (0.06937)timewet weightCEH2016
tW229 see Fig. 8 (0.1929)timewet weightCEH2016
tW230 see Fig. 8 (0.07526)timewet weightCEH2016
tW231 see Fig. 9 (0.1357)timewet weightCEH2016
tW232 see Fig. 9 (0.1519)timewet weightCEH2016
tW233 see Fig. 9 (0.1155)timewet weightCEH2016
tW234 see Fig. 9 (0.08109)timewet weightCEH2016
tW235 see Fig. 9 (0.1393)timewet weightCEH2016
tW236 see Fig. 10 (0.09669)timewet weightCEH2016
tW237 see Fig. 10 (0.1338)timewet weightCEH2016
tW10 see Fig. 11 (0.139)time since birthwet weightGuna2002
tW11 see Fig. 12 (0.1243)time since birthwet weightNeuh1980
tW12 see Fig. 13 (0.08968)time since birthwet weightNeuh1980
tW13 see Fig. 14 (0.1296)time since birthwet weightNeuh1980
Pseudo-data at Tref
DataGeneralised animalEisenia fetidaUnitDescription
v 0.02 0.01477cm/denergy conductance
kap 0.8 0.5756-allocation fraction to soma
kap_R 0.95 0.475-reproduction efficiency
p_M 18 4741J/^3vol-spec som maint
k_J 0.002 0.0021/dmaturity maint rate coefficient
kap_G 0.8 0.8004-growth efficiency


  • Eisenia fetida is hermaphroditic. However, two worms are still required for reproduction. (ref: Wiki)


  • We assume kap_R 0 0.95/2 for consistency with how all hermaphrodites are treated in the collection
  • The mod_1 included more weight against time since birth data.


  • The creation of this entry was supported by the European Food Safety Authority (grant number OC/EFSA/SCER/2015/01)


  • [Wiki]
  • [CEH2016] Centre for Hydrology and Ecology (CEH), 2016, pers. comm. Dave Spurgeon/Ilze Rasnaca.
  • [Guna2002] Charles Blount Bintoro Gunadi and Clive A. Edwards. The growth and fecundity of Eisenia fetida (Savigny) in cattle solids pre-composted for different periods. Pedobiologia (, 46:15--23, 2002.
  • [Neuh1980] David L. Kaplan Edward F. Neuhauser, Roy Hartenstein. Growth of the earthworm Eisenia foetida in relation to population density and food rationing. Oikos, 35:93--98, 1980.
  • [Kooy2010] S.A.L.M. Kooijman. Dynamic Energy Budget theory for metabolic organisation. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2010.
  • [ReinVil1990] A. J. Reinecke and S. A. Viljoen. The influence of feeding patterns on growth and reproduction of the vermicomposting earthworm Eisenia fetida (Oligochaeta). Biol Fertil Soils, 10:184--187, 1990.
  • [ReinVent1987] A.J. Reinecke and J.M. Venter. Moisture preferences, growth and reproduction of the compost worm Eisenia fetida (Oligochaeta). Biol Fertil Soils, 3:135--141, 1987.

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Starrlight Augustine, Dave Spurgeon &Ilze Rasnaca, 2016/09/22 (last modified by Andre Gergs 2017/05/25)

accepted: 2017/07/22

refer to this entry as: AmP Eisenia fetida version 2017/07/22