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Bipalium kewense Broadhead planarian (so mad I couldn't get a shot of its cool head shape) in a moist (recently flooded), meadowy valley. My best guess is Bipalium pennsylvanicum. Bipalium kewense is my second-best guess. Waiting on some input from experts, but I'm going with the first for now! Bipalium kewense,Geotagged,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Bipalium kewense

Broadhead planarian (so mad I couldn't get a shot of its cool head shape) in a moist (recently flooded), meadowy valley. My best guess is Bipalium pennsylvanicum. Bipalium kewense is my second-best guess. Waiting on some input from experts, but I'm going with the first for now!

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  1. Niiiiceee! This is so cool! I have never found one! Posted 4 days ago
    1. Thanks! I thought it was too cooolll! Posted 4 days ago
  2. Incredible! I had to look up what a planarian is, as we have so few documented. Nice species intro! Posted 4 days ago
    1. Haha! I just corrected the ID. Turned out to be my second guess! Or at least that is the consensus right now :P Posted 4 days ago, modified 4 days ago
      1. I know that little dopamine shot of introducing a species, but it's naturally still an observation that is very valuable. It's a super interesting species. Posted 4 days ago
        1. Of course! The expert I spoke to said there is a slight possibility of the other, but it is hard to tell without a view of the head.

          I do get a little rush from new species, but I'm not any less excited about finding this cool guy. They are introduced, predatory planarians to my knowledge!
          Posted 4 days ago, modified 4 days ago

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''Bipalium kewense'' is a species of large predatory land planarian with a cosmopolitan distribution. It is sometimes referred to as a "hammerhead flatworm" due to its half-moon-shaped head, but this name is also used to refer to other species in the subfamily Bipaliinae.

Similar species: Tricladida
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Feb 13, 2019. Captured Jul 21, 2018 22:00 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/3.5
  • 1/125s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm