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Hammerhead worm

Bipalium sp.

Description:

Small, long (perhaps 45 mm), narrow, cylindrical (perhaps 3 mm diameter) off-white or light beige or light pink (take your pick) worm or slug with narrow black longitudinal/dorsal stripe and broad black head, apparently mounting two eyes of some sort, though that may be an optical illusion.

Habitat:

Suburban neighborhood on insular tropical upland plateau.

Notes:

Spotted in the early morning on a yellow roadside curb outside a school. Hammerhead worms are found in Hawaii.

No species ID suggestions

9 Comments

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 4 years ago

definitely a hammerhead worm

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 4 years ago

OK. I'm a little slow. 10,000 gomenasais.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Of course i no that. I was seriously kidding too! No need to explain. i just thought that it was amusing!

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 4 years ago

Hema, relax. What we have here is a failure to communicate.

I am not going to shoot anything. "Shoot on sight" is a figure of speech, not to be taken literally. I am simply trying to communicate that if I ever see any of these creatures again, I will eliminate them straightaway, in a manner that prevents their regenerating from any pieces, however small.

To reiterate: They will truly be dead when I'm done with them.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

"Shoot on Sight" will not work!

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 4 years ago

Thanks Hema, but I must ask, "What will not work"? I understand "regenerate . . . from the smallest piece", so I will use a method of elimination that takes that capability into account. Dead will truly be dead when I'm done . . . if I ever get the chance.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

That will not work! It can regenerate itself from the smallest piece!

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 4 years ago

Thanks Hema. And thanks for the link. It is a indeed a similar spotting, with "a ton" of useful information.

Bottom line: This is a "bad guy". "Shoot on sight". Unfortunately, I'm several hours and several miles away from the time and place of this spotting. It's unlikely this particular creature could be relocated in order to deal with it, but I'll pass the word to folks who frequent the spotting locale.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/386...
Something similar!A hammerhead worm for sure. Indestructible and very destructive!!

Lat: 21.48, Long: -157.99

Spotted on Apr 18, 2015
Submitted on Apr 19, 2015

Spotted for mission

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