No Common Name Bipalium pennsylvanicum Ogren, 1987Non-native    Synonyms: Broadhead Planarian, Hammerhead Worm.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Platyhelminthes   >   Class Trepaxonemata   >   Order Neoophora   >   Family Geoplanidae   >   Genus Bipalium   

Status:

Introduced from Asia.

Description:

Compare Bipalium adventitium. Small, about 3 inches long, with three dark dorsal stripes that reach the neck. B. kewense is larger, can be as long as your hand, has five dark longitudinal stripes that reach the neck. It shows up in greenhouses, plant nurseries, gardens, etc. (B. Norden, pers. comm.)

Relationships:

Feeds on earthworms.

There are 7 records in the project database.

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A Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Harford Co., Maryland (6/4/2018). Photo by Mary Sweet. (MBP list)

A Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Harford Co., Maryland (10/9/2017). This individual represents a new family for MBP. Verified by Rob Aguilar/SERC. Photo by Mary Sweet. (MBP list)

A Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/5/2013). Verified by Butch Norden. Photo by Emily Stanley. (MBP list)

A Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Harford Co., Maryland (10/9/2017). This individual represents a new family for MBP. Verified by Rob Aguilar/SERC. Photo by Mary Sweet. (MBP list)

A Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Harford Co., Maryland (10/9/2017). This individual represents a new family for MBP. Verified by Rob Aguilar/SERC. Photo by Mary Sweet. (MBP list)

A Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Howard Co., Maryland (4/11/2019). Photo by Sue Muller. (MBP list)

A Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Howard Co., Maryland (10/15/2018). Verified by Butch Norden. Photo by Mary Beth Cook. (MBP list)

Bipalium pennsylvanicum in Baltimore Co., Maryland (7/30/2016). Determined by Butch Norden. Photo by Justine Schaeffer. (MBP list)


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