New Guinea flatworm Platydemus manokwari ingesting the soft tissues of a Mediterranean snail. Previously, the worm had been found in 15 countries, mainly in the South Pacific. In the past, the tiny worm has found a valuable traveling companion in humans, who have helped spread the animal around the world—both accidently through the international plant trade and intentionally to control pests like the giant African land snail. The discovery in Florida, however, represents a new, worrying sign to researchers. Now, the worm can spread naturally throughout the rest of the state and—potentially—the rest of the country, he says.
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The American paleontologist was not convinced by the tales of the monster that he heard at a gathering of Mongolian officials: "None of those present ever had seen the creature, but they all firmly believed in its existence and described it minutely. In a specimen of Tartar sand boa Eryx tataricus was shown to locals who claimed to have seen "olgoi-khorkhoi" and they confirmed that this was the animal they called "olgoi-khorkhoi". It is shaped like a sausage about two feet long, has no head nor leg and it is so poisonous that merely to touch it means instant death. It lives in the most desolate parts of the Gobi Desert. In , Andrews published this information again in the book The New Conquest of Central Asia , adding: "It is reported to live in the most arid, sandy regions of the western Gobi. The worm is said to inhabit the western  or southern  Gobi. In the book Altajn Tsaadakh Govd , Ivan Mackerle described it as travelling underground, creating waves of sand on the surface which allow it to be detected. It is also reported that it most often comes to the surface when it rains and the ground is wet. The Mongolians believe that touching any part of the worm will cause almost instant death and tremendous pain.
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When biologist Ken Catania heard about the peculiar practice of worm grunting practiced in the Apalachicola National Forest in the Florida Panhandle one of his first thoughts was an observation made by Charles Darwin. Worm grunting involves going into the forest, driving a wooden stake into the ground and then rubbing the top of the stake with a long piece of steel called a rooping iron. This makes a peculiar grunting sound that drives nearby earthworms to the surface where they can be easily collected for fish bait. Despite a lot of speculation, worm grunters don't really know why the technique works.
Tiny, feisty worms that live off the coast of Japan fight by headbutting each other — and they aren't quiet about it. During these feuds, the worms emit one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, according to a new study. The source of the underwater hullabaloo is a nearly transparent segmented worm called the Leocratides kimuraorum, which lives inside sponges to feet 85 to meters deep off the coast of Japan. These wigglies are just a tad more than an inch 29 millimeters long and have lengthy tentacles and a big mouth literally. These seemingly quiet creatures revealed their true nature under the spotlight in the lab. A group of researchers used an instrument called a hydrophone to record 15 pops that were emitted from three kimuraorums as they were fighting. In a marine feud researchers dub "mouth-fighting," the worms approached each other headfirst with their mouths open. During such encounters, the worms' pharynx muscles expand rapidly, creating a cavitation bubble that collapses and produces a loud "pop" while the worms launch into each other. The researchers found that these pops can reach decibels in the water which is a different measurement than decibels in the air.