Sabtu, 11 Juli 2009

The giant Palouse earthworm

The giant Palouse earthworm is hard to find. According to scientists, the Palouse earthworm (Driloleirus americanus) has been seen only four times in the past 110 years. The last find was in 2005, when a researcher from the University of Idaho found a single giant Palouse earthworm in an area of native vegetation near Moscow, Idaho.

According to the website: "Driloleirus americanus is a large, pinkish-white earthworm as much as 3 feet long, said to smell like lilies when handled. Threatened by habitat loss (Palouse bunchgrass prairie) and non-native worm species. The worms' burrows are as deep as 15 feet. They were reportedly abundant in the late 1800's around the Palouse."

Today the conservation groups again petition to list the giant Palouse Earthworm as an Endangered Species.

Giant Palouse earthworm photo/picture

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