Land planaria Bipalium kewense

Dr. M. Nechama Ben-Eliahu nbenelia at
Sun May 30 17:07:39 EST 1999

Dear worm people:

Change of Phylum!

Does anyone know of damage caused by the terrestrial planarian Bipalium 
kewense?  There is a second finding of this after it's originally being 
reported in Israel in 1976 by H. Mienis (Israel J. Zool.).  

Anyhow one living specimen of this interesting creature arrived in my lab 
from the central area of Israel, and it could be due to a second 
introduction. Information on whether to add this to the issues Israelis need 
to panic about is welcome.  


Nechama Ben-Eliahu
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