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.
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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.
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When you think of sound waves, you probably think of something like this: 1. A wave like that is called a transverse wave, where each individual particle moves up and down to create a snake situation. A sound wave is more like an earthworm situation: 2. Like an earthworm, sound moves by compressing and decompressing. This is called a longitudinal wave. A slinky can do both kinds of waves: 1 3.
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. But Catania, an associate professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt who studies moles, thought that the explanation might lie in Darwin's remark: "It is often said that if the ground is beaten or otherwise made to tremble worms will believe that they are pursued by a mole and leave their burrows.