oa African Zoology - Life cycle of the oriental compost worm Perionyx excavatus (Oligochaeta)

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



In order to exploit the concept of using vermiculture as biotechnology for waste control and protein production, the life cycle of the vermicomposting species, Perionyx excavatus, was studied. The development, growth and reproduction of P. excavatus were investigated. Urine free cattle manure with a moisture content of 76-83% and a temperature of 25�C was used as substrate. Data were gathered over a period of 300 days. It was found that mating is not a prerequisite for cocoon production, which starts at the mean age of 24 days. Maturation was attained at the age of approximately 21 days. Cocoons were produced at a mean rate of 1,1 cocoons per worm per day. The mean incubation period of cocoons produced by batches of worms was 18,7 days with a mean hatching success of 63,4%. The mean incubation period of cocoons produced by single worms was 20,4 days with a mean hatching success of 40,4%. As a rule only one worm hatched per cocoon. The life cycle of this species is presented diagrammatically.

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