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Hammerhead worm

Bipalium adventitium

Description:

A voracious predator of earthworms, this species is distinguished by the single maroon line running down its yellow body. It crawled slowly and left a track of shiny, mucoid secretions on the plank.

Habitat:

I found it underneath a decomposing wood plank that housed a termite and carpenter ant colony.

Notes:

Bipalium is an invasive species in the US. Although found on land, this hammerhead worm produces tetrodotoxin to paralyze its prey, the same compound in pufferfish and a few other fish.

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mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

NYC, New York, USA

Lat: 40.60, Long: -74.12

Spotted on May 11, 2019
Submitted on May 19, 2019

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