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Identifying a thin, black, worm-like creature with a hammer-shaped head

Identifying a thin, black, worm-like creature with a hammer-shaped head


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I came across the creature shown in the photo below yesterday evening while walking the dogs. At first, I thought it was an earthworm, but a flashlight revealed it to be something I had never seen before.

It is approximately 12 inches (300 mm) in length and about 1/3 of an inch (10 mm) in diameter at its maximum. It is pitch black and very shiny-like piano black. It moves very slowly, using a snake-like motion. It had a very strange head, like a hammerhead shark.

I live in Durban, South Africa, if that helps to narrow down the possibilities.

Can anyone help in identifying this creature?


Hmm, I don't believe I have ever seen that before, but it looks like a Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium kewense).


That looks like a predatory land flatworm. They eat snails and worms. I think they are native to New Zealand, but have been introduced to many parts of the US through ornamental plants.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoplanidae



Comments:

  1. Zuktilar

    Eh this crisis spoils everything for us

  2. Tygoktilar

    Gorgeous, I'll take it to my diary

  3. Momus

    Thanks for your help in this matter. I did not know that.

  4. Squire

    I went to the forum and saw this topic. May I help you?

  5. Corbenic

    Awesome! Thanks!!!

  6. Kajinos

    Is this true? It seems to me that something is very different here.



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