FW: predatory terrestrial planarians

DanauSakai DanauSakai at aol.com
Thu Jan 22 20:40:48 EST 1998


In a message dated 98-01-22 18:10:14 EST,  Dr. Fitzhugh wrote:
in response to Dr. Yanega's query

<< the turbellarian flatworm you saw might be a species of Bipalium. They
ge tup to 25 cm long, have distinct longitudinal black and whitish stripes 
and ahammer head-like anterior end. Here in the Los Angeles, California 
area,  >>

The flatworm is common at the UCLA Botanical Garden and specifically the
compost pile.  While I was a grad student there eons ago, the story was
that the turbellarians arrived with some of the plants that presently make
up the gardens.  Do not know if the story is true, but it seems quite
logical.  

Also, I am dating myself but I heard this story in the early 1970's, and at
that time, it was well established and a well-known denizen to the faculty
and staff.

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