How do ice worms eat?
Similarly, where do ice worms live?
They are small worms that live in glacial ice in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia; they have not been found in glaciers elsewhere.
Also, are ice worms free living or parasitic? Yes, worms really do live in glaciers — in fact, this kind (ice worms) can't live off of them!! Their scientific name is Mesenchytraeus solifugus (Emery, 1898). These ice worms are in the class of Oligochates and family of Enchytraeidae, just like earthworms, so are members of Annelida, or segmented worms.
Then, are ice worms parasites?
The genus contains 77 species, including the North American glacier ice worm (Mesenchytraeus solifugus) and the Yosemite snow worm (Mesenchytraeus gelidus).
How do ice worms reproduce?
In fast-flowing glacial streams, ice worms cling onto the icy surface. Researchers have observed the worms gyrate their head in the stream, possibly catching algae and pollen carried by the water. In still ponds, ice worms gather in bundles. Researchers speculate this has something to do with their reproduction.