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Invertebrates

From bees to worms, spiders to snails, invertebrates make up 98% of animal life. In Scotland they are present from the top of Ben Nevis to the bottom of the North Sea, although nobody knows quite how many species there are. Between terrestrial and freshwater environments alone, Scotland may be home to some 50,000 species.

Serpulid reef Close-up of Serpulid feeding fan, other worm tubes sealed. ©Sue Scott/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 458530 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Marine invertebrates

Scotland's extensive and varied coast and sea support a staggering array of invertebrates. Discover more about their roles and economic importance.

Snail in rain - Scottish Biodiversity Week 2009 photo competition entry. ©Naomi Smith/SNH.For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

About invertebrates

Scotland has internationally important populations of invertebrates. Find out why we need them and what SNH and you can do to protect them.

Freshwater pearl mussel Freshwater pearl mussel feeding in the river Kerry. ©Sue Scott/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 458530 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Freshwater invertebrates

Many of Scotland's invertebrates live some or all of their lives in our fresh water habitats.

Bumble Bee feeding on Ragwort flower heads. © Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 458530 or www.snh.gov.uk/copyright/

Land based invertebrates

Slugs and snails are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to land based invertebrates. Find out where they live and what they do.



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