Can anyone identify this worm???

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Can anyone identify this worm???

Postby MUD » Mar 26, 2007 9:45 am

Is there anyone out there who may have an answer for me? Never saw anything like it...they're only found in this cave and not the ones close by.

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The finger is for scale....they seem to slither along a cobweb and can "turn around" on top of themselves. They're sort of transparent on one end. They are tube shaped, not flat. What do y'all think???


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Postby John Lovaas » Mar 26, 2007 9:19 pm

I know them by the common name of "monorail worms".

There was a recent article about them in the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies- here's a link to the article-

http://www.caves.org/pub/journal/PDF/V6 ... Swayne.pdf

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Postby tropicalbats » Mar 26, 2007 11:51 pm

Seems more like larvae of a fungus gnat. These are predatory, turn into small flies, and are related to the glow-worms in a famous NZ cave.

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Postby tlong_geo » Mar 27, 2007 11:01 am

Gotta love that rotary hammer drill! And to think we used to let mere rock stop us . . .
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Postby John Lovaas » Mar 27, 2007 12:52 pm

Sorry about the mistaken URL.

I could have sworn there was something about those fly larvae in that article of Pop's Cave- they occur there, I have been told.

So that's what I meant to say- har! Little webworms that are fly larvae.

There is spectacular footage of glow worms in action in the BBC/Discovery Channel Planet Earth "Caves" feature.

Or at least I think they are glow worms. Sigh. ;-)

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