Land Planarian (Family Geoplanidae)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Land Planarian (Family Geoplanidae)

Correction 12/17/18: I initially misidentified this as Hammerhead Flatworm (Bipalium kewense). Jean-Lou Justine, an expert from France noted the following on Twitter:

“The new photograph is not a Bipalium… some Geoplanidae but not a Bipalium. The 2012 photograph is Bipalium vagum, not Bipalium kewense.”

a.k.a. Flatworm

This one was small, about 1-1/2 inches.

Pleased to see it munching away on what appears to be a Ghost Ant nest so beneficial in my book.

Learn: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-57(partial)_land_planarian.htm

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/land_planarians.HTM

My take:  https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/its-a-wormits-a-slug-its-a-what/

Photo from 2012 of Mollusc-eating Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium vagum), who is in the same taxonomic family:

From 2012, eating slugs, beetle larvae and millipedes

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