Strange Alien Worm with its mouth in the middle of its belly invades United States

Posted By Staff

Date: June 23rd, 2015

Category: Science

wormA bizarre invasive worm with its mouth in the middle of its belly has been found in the United States for the first time, according to new research.

The New Guinea flatworm (Platydemus manokwari) is only a couple of millimeters thick but grows to be up to 2.5 inches (65 millimeters) long.

As its name suggests, the worm is a New Guinea native, but it has been spreading across the globe, hitching rides on exotic plants and in soil.

The worm wraps itself around snails and ingests them with a mouthlike structure on its underside.

The flatworm had previously been detected in the wild in 15 countries, as well as in a greenhouse in France, but this is the first time it’s been found in North America.  More

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