Sighting

Adam Fisher 6 May 2018

Help identify please!

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Sighted 6 May 2018
Summit Track, Mount Warning NSW 2484, Australia

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Identifications

  • Ken Walker 9 May 2018
    Fletcherodrilus
    (genus)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Annelida: Clitellata: Haplotaxida: Megascolecidae: Fletcherodrilus
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  • Matthew Connors 7 May 2018
    Megascolecidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Annelida: Clitellata: Haplotaxida: Megascolecidae
    Matthew Connors says

    Very similar to Terrisswalkerius but that genus has not been recorded this far south

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Notes

  • Adam Fisher 8 May 2018
    Tagged With tigerworm
    Adam Fisher says

    Thank you for the input everyone! Defined head was definitely not present and its locomotion was via longitudinal contractions, typical of an annelid. I have added a couple of extra photos. QLD musuem believes it looks like a tigerworm, its a species of Fletcherodrilus spp.

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  • Dr Leigh Winsor 7 May 2018
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    Dr Leigh Winsor says

    Fiddling about with the image (contrast and sharpening), especially the one with a hand, the specimen looks like it has two legs for each white segment, though I am sure Bob would have picked it as a millipede were it one of these. Not a planarian or nemertean.

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  • Dr Leigh Winsor 8 May 2018
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    Dr Leigh Winsor says

    My initial thought when I looked at the specimen is that it was a caecilian, though these amphibians are not in Australia. Dr Emma Sherratt from the University of New England in Armidale is an authority on caecilians, and may venture an opinion.

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  • Ken Walker 7 May 2018
    Tagged With not blind snake
    Ken Walker says

    Adam -- I have been throwing your curious images at as many experts as I can. Our museum herpetology has ruled out a blind snake and our invertebrate curator as ruled out it being an oligochaete. Bob has ruled out millipede and Leigh has ruled out flatworm. So we know more about what it isn't than we know what it is. I will keep on the hunt. Great find !

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  • Bob Mesibov 7 May 2018
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    Bob Mesibov says

    Hi, Adam. Looks to me like a legless lizard ("blind snake"), not a worm, but I could be wrong.

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  • Adam Fisher 6 May 2018
    Adam Fisher says

    We found this guy on the climb down from Mt Warning and was unable to find anything on google regarding its species. Any help identifying will be greatly appreciated!

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