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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 6:03 pm    Post subject: Can you identify this flat worm? Reply with quote

My father in law found this worm in his garden.....what is it?
We have never seen this before



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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too much soil on the worm so I cannot tell what it is. Clean it off and then compare it to a picture of a New Zealand flatworm. If it matches you have my condolences. May your garden RIP.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Zealand flatworm, it's classed as an invasive species in Ireland.

See previous discussion.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is what I was afraid off.....oh well......at least his garden is at the opposite side of the country from me 😀

Should this be reported?
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keeks wrote:
That is what I was afraid off.....oh well......at least his garden is at the opposite side of the country from me 😀

Should this be reported?


You can report them here so their progress through the country can be tracked.

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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are more of a damn nuisance than a disaster in my experience. They've been in my garden for years having spread, apparently, from N Ireland.
They eat earthworms and I no longer have any large worms in my garden - nothing longer than about 3cm. I do all I can to encourage the health of earthworm population and I kill the flatworms and crush their eggs whenever I see them.
You can find them under flat slates, bits of wood, plastic etc, in damp cool places.
It would be a good idea to report them, as Mews suggests.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you say it is better up north GG!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely. At least we have the muscular New Zealand version of the flatworm. In sunnier, softer climes tha Aussie version prevails. Buncha softies.
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