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Unknown Thai Hammerhead Flatworm

Bipalium sp.

Description:

Black and grey striped planarium (flatworm). I'd never seen one of these before and didn't know these are carnivorous when I took the photos. When I found out, I noticed in pic 3 & 4 it was headed for supper!

Habitat:

This was making its way across a path at Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden after rain. I guess the earthworms it favors to eat come to the surface when it rains & it follows suit.

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7 Comments

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 8 years ago

Cool!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Top action. Nice set of pics.

kerrydonovanbrown
kerrydonovanbrown 8 years ago

Thanks Dan :-) Nice to know.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Very cool Craig! Looks very similar to the one I spotted a few days ago in Vietnam. kerry, no, they do not bite. They kind of dissolve their food. I held one in my hand, they are very slimy and leave a sticky film behind wherever they go.

kerrydonovanbrown
kerrydonovanbrown 8 years ago

Do they bite Wendy?

achmmad
achmmad 8 years ago

I think it also can be found in Java Island. When I was young, this one make me run and sometimes cry.

kerrydonovanbrown
kerrydonovanbrown 8 years ago

Oh wow, this is creepy. I love its hammerhead.

craigwilliams
Spotted by
craigwilliams

เชียงใหม่, Thailand

Spotted on Sep 28, 2010
Submitted on Jan 27, 2012

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