Spineless creatures under threat, from worms to bees: study

OSLO, Sept 10: The vital tasks carried out by tiny “engineers” like earthworms that recycle waste and bees that pollinate crops are under threat because one fifth of the world’s spineless creatures may be at risk of extinction, a study showed on Friday. The rising human population is putting ever more pressure on the “spineless creatures that rule the world” including slugs, spiders, jellyfish, lobsters, corals, and bugs such as beetles and butterflies, it said.(agencies)

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