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Mollusc-eating Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium vagum)

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Order: Tricladida
Family: Bipaliidae
Genus: Bipalium
Species: vagum

Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Ozark, Alabama
Citrus Heights, California
Fallbrook, California
Gainesville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Naples, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Griffin, Georgia
Martinez, Georgia
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Franklin, Louisiana
Blue Eye, Missouri
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Utica, South Carolina
Dallas, Texas
Lyle, Washington

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Member Notes:

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Negative gagurl330 On Jul 6, 2009, gagurl330 from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

My son and I saw this worm on our sidewalk after an early evening rain. I just recently bought four containers of lavender from Lowe's. I've never seen anything like this before and contacted the Extension Agency for our county. They didn't take a report.

Negative gshare74 On Jun 16, 2010, gshare74 from Citrus Heights, CA wrote:

We found one of these worms the other day in our yard, since then I have found about 15 in my courtyard after I water. I cant find much info on it except that they eat earthworms. I want to know how to kill it, how long they live, ext.

Neutral alfu On Jul 4, 2010, alfu from Gainesville, FL wrote:

This worm is frequently mistaken for B. kewense, which eats mainly earthworms:

Creation Wiki:
http://creationwiki.org/File:Land_planarian.jpg

University of Florida Dept of Entomology:
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/land_planarians.htm
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN20600.pdf

Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipalium_kewense

Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpilla001/3740477302/

WhatsThatBug:
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/arrow...

Vagum is thought to consume molluscs. I have one in a jar now (8/20/2010) with a small snail ... will see.

Neutral wormsci On Oct 17, 2010, wormsci from Cortland, NY wrote:

The following link connects to a paper about the differences between the three most common broadhead planarians now found in North America. It includes a figure showing the color pattern differences among their heads.

http://faculty.kutztown.edu/butler/ducey2007.pdf

If that doesn't work, the article was published in the Southeastern Naturalist 6:449-460 in 2007.

Timer: 13.51 jiffies (0.13508486747742).


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