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What is this thing?

Postby fizix314 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:30 am

Hi everyone,

This thing was crawling around in my yard outside in Southern California. Any clues as to what it is? And now that I think about it, should I have been letting it crawl around on my hand :?: It was quite long and left a slime trail behind. Here are some pictures

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Thanks in advance!! :D
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Postby CoffeaRobusta » Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:36 pm

Wow. Cool pictures. It is a type of free-living planarians, called land planarians (flatworms). I think there are several different species, and are basically harmless unless you are an earthworm.
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Postby Darby » Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:04 pm

The play of light on the second specimen seems to suggest an annelid - also the image of blood vessels inside. But I don't know of annelids with that shape at the end.

That is the "head" end, right-?
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Postby fizix314 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 7:28 pm

Darby wrote:The play of light on the second specimen seems to suggest an annelid - also the image of blood vessels inside. But I don't know of annelids with that shape at the end.

That is the "head" end, right-?


The triangular end seemed to be the head end. It was feeling around with it and moving with that in front. Occasionally it would flex it's head around in a manta ray style for whatever reason, really cool looking.

It had some dark lines running lengthwise down it that are hard to see in the picture.
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Postby fizix314 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 7:35 pm

CoffeaRobusta wrote:Wow. Cool pictures. It is a type of free-living planarians, called land planarians (flatworms). I think there are several different species, and are basically harmless unless you are an earthworm.


Thanks Coffee,

I googled that name and found other pictures similar to mine, good job.

georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/gpstorypage.cfm?storyid=2757
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