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Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium) by melvynyeo Hammerhead Worm (Bipalium) by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore forest.

Quote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipalium
Bipalium is a genus of large predatory land flatworms, terrestrial planarians. They are often loosely called "hammerhead worms" or "broadhead planarians" because of the distinctive shape of their head region. Land planarians are unique in that they possess a "creeping sole" on their ventral side.[2] Several species are considered as invasive to the United States[3] and to Europe.[4] Some studies have begun the investigation of the evolutionary ecology of these invasive planarians.

Bipalium species are predatory. Some species prey on earthworms, while others feed on mollusks.[6][7] It has been shown that the flatworms can track their prey.[8] When captured, earthworms will begin to react to the attack, but a flatworm uses the muscles in its body as well as sticky secretions to attach itself to the earthworm to prevent escape. Several studies have indicated that the planarians will cover, or cap the prostomium, peristomium and anterior end to end the violent reaction by the earthworm.[9] To feed on its prey, a flatworm extends its pharynx out from its mouth on the mid-ventral portion of its body and secretes enzymes that begin digestion of the earthworm external to the flatworm. The liquefied earthworm tissues are sucked into the branching gut of the flatworm by ciliary action.

Reproduction in Bipalium may be asexual or sexual and all species are hermaphroditic. B. adventitium reproduces sexually and creates egg capsules, which hatch around 3 weeks post-deposition. The egg capsules have a tough exterior and generally contain multiple juveniles.[5] B. kewense have rarely been observed using egg capsules as a primary method of reproduction. Asexual fragmentation is the main reproductive strategy in B. kewense in temperate regions.[11] Juveniles of this species, unlike B. adventitium, do not appear the same coloration as parents in their early days.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional
cool 
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12345Death Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dark Souls Fire Lizard baby..
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Yo-dra Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I would like to ask permission to try to paint a copy of this beautiful creature, please :loves: V2 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Sure!!! :)
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Yo-dra Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Here is my painting, I hope you like it :D
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Lightningball Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
interesting-looking creature
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NamidaMu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student Filmographer
CUTE!  Nuu Nuu Nuu Nuu Nuu Nuu Nuu Nuu Nuu 
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LaceyJibs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
New to me! Amazing photo and info. Thanks!:) (Smile) 
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rchlisawesome Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How beautiful! Looks like something from a Tim Burton movie.
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MyHeadWonders Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
WHAT?? never seen or heard of that 
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Sessinara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WTF is that? O___O
I never seen something like that!
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maryjayne530 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what an interesting little fella
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
If my younger self seen this, he would like to pick it up and eat it...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
o_O
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Kaijukid23 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Lol sorry if I creep you up
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Karinta Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
That is so BIZARRE!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Karinta Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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TheWhiteScatterbug Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Every day i see more fascinating creatures of our wonderful planet. This one looks indeed interesting. Nice photo:D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Nightshadow150 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute! <3
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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ladylovely530 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
WOW that is so cool. i never seen one til now!! thanks for showing me something out of the ordinary 

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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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plangkye Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And a nice slime mold, too!

I love bizarre critters like this :meow:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Pwney Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you name it?
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madkoopa Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thank you for the nature lesson. But all I have to say is "Whoa!"
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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GQuin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks so soft and squishy o-o!...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Thanks! :)
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NanaHirumi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
uhhhu

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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
:)
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Damn-It-Sammit Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beauty and repulsion in one great picture! 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Damn-It-Sammit Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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vampiricedge Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I hate worms, but that's actually really cool looking!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thanks! :)
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molly1700 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did u draw :o (Eek)that because that looks like a close up picture  and if you did draw that I will be amazed even more than I am right now:D (Big Grin) Clap 
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molly1700 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
never mind I didn't read the script silly meSweating a little... 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Haha... i can't draw!
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Ilovemynightmares Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Did you even start to read that massive block of a description? Did you even think to check what category it was under?
If you'd have done either, you would know by know. Think before you type, dear.
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SlugSlimes Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh that is amazing!  Reminds me of a slug...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thanks! :)
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SlugSlimes Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!  It looks awesome now I want one... O_o
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Delkie Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Almost looks more like something you'd see in the water and not on land, looking at how shiny and colorful it is. It's so cute.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Thanks! :)
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LordMuffinX3 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
e- e I had a NOPEmare of this after seeing it yesterday
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
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