Flatworm in the garden

At first glance, a flatworm can resemble an earthworm.
However, there are no body segments and
the the body had a shiny, slimy appearance.

A visitor from southeast Asia in the garden. This is Dolichoplana striata, one of many introduced flatworms now found in the United States. Most of the flatworms feed on earthworms, 30% of which are also foreign species. Flatworms are slimy and can be killed with a generous application of salt. But don’t cut them in pieces, since each piece will produce a new flatworm. I’ve also seen a hammerhead species in the past.

Although the head of this flatworm is nondescript,
some flatworms have a T-shaped head
(or hammerhead).

Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She has a passion for day-hiking and nature, and also enjoys writing. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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