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BugFiles Pictures: Hammerhead Worm (land planarian) (Bipalium kewense)

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Melbourne, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 15, 2007
6:30 PM

Post #3978441

Mollusc-eating Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium vagum)

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St. David's

October 29, 2007
3:53 PM

Post #4135594

The hammerhead worm in this picture is not B. kewense but most likely Bipalium vagum, described by Jones & Sterrer (2005) in the journal ZOOTAXA 1001(31-58), and mentioned by Ducey et al. (2007) as becoming widespread in the southern US (Southeastern Naturalist 6(449-460). Of unknown origin, it differs from B. kewense in being much shorter and wider, having a black collar, and a broad black stripe along the back. It does not feed on earthworms (as B. kewense does) but on snails & slugs.

Attached is a picture of B. vagum from Bermuda.

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