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land planarian



bizarre wormlike creature, about 6 in, black, very slimy, a hammerhead worm without the hammerhead


tropical rainforest, amazon


I spotted this at the base of the Fin del Mundo falls. I've never seen anything quite like this.

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dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks. I'm going to guess not too many.

KarenSaxton 7 years ago

I loved the hammerhead worms when I was a kid! How many 6-7 year olds do you know that know what a planarian is?

Tiz 7 years ago

Oh bananas, this one made me a bit sick lol

dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks drP, that helps a lot. Good to know that they don't all have hammerheads. I've ID'd this just to the family for now.

drP 7 years ago

I believe you are correct that it is essentially a hammerhead worm without the hammerhead. Several of the land planarian spottings here lack a hammerhead, and new species are being discovered regularly. A species discovered in Peru in 2010 has a pointed head similar to yours (although it otherwise looks very different from your spotting):
Hope this helps.

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Putumayo, Colombia

Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Jun 15, 2013

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