Monday, November 17, 2008

Land planarian

A spade-headed flatworm from the limestone of Sarawak. Planarians are Asiatic in origin and they are voracious predators of slugs and snails.

Should have brought some home as a biocontrol for the snail problem....

7 comments:

Hermes said...

If it eats slugs I could do with some in my back garden. Great picture.

Aiyana said...

It's hard to look at, but it is beautiful.
Aiyana

kompoStella said...

wow... i wouldn't have guessed this creature to be living on land!
also wanted to tell you that i have managed to force my P. tongaense to produce some seeds for you! i'll still see what my friend can offer you, though. but now there's 5 seeds waiting for you here :-)

Hort Log said...

Thanks Kompostella, I will be away for a while, will contact you again.

Ah Meng said...

very intriguing creature

Linn said...

I would never trust such a creature among my beloved plants. Perhaps it is safer with the slugs after all. ;-)

Rubus said...

Amazing! Such animal exists!!! In my garden in portugal I found a grey 1 inch planarian in shallow water, since it seemed aquatic and extremely rare I suppose that it didn't eat such animals nor a land planarian could survive here. It's sad because I was really liking the ideia of not having to go to the garden at night to make slugs killing sprees. Nice blog, by the way, I'm a follower now.

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