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Old 03-23-2015, 08:39 PM
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Default tiny orange garden worm with antennae?

Okay crew, need a real invertebrate guy here:

First, no way I can get a good pic. Was tilling the soil, found a small, slim, yellow-orange worm with what look like antennae and setae! To my unaided eye, actually looks a lot like a tiny nereid! And it definitely slinks along like an annelid.

Any ideas?

--I never heard of soil polychaetes in New York;
--Never heard of nematodes with antennae;
--Never heard of a planarian with antennae.

Little help?
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Wireworms?

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Default Re: tiny orange garden worm with antennae?

So you said not a planaria, does that mean you have ruled out hammerhead worms?
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Default Re: tiny orange garden worm with antennae?

EEEEKKK.....what in the world were your doing tilling the soil??? Too damn cold!
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So you said not a planaria, does that mean you have ruled out hammerhead worms?
This dude has tiny little legs! Think of a moist glistening cross between a centipede and a sand worm!
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This dude has tiny little legs! Think of a moist glistening cross between a centipede and a sand worm!
So like maybe a young millipede?

How big was this thing?
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Default Re: tiny orange garden worm with antennae?

I'd also guess millipede.

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Default Re: tiny orange garden worm with antennae?

Mystery solved--thanks to Matthew Mirabello: It is a Geophilomorpha, a "soil centipede." (S)he it about 1", really skinny. Was pulsating cause it was cold, when warmed up moves like any other chilopoda.

I never saw one before, so this is pretty cool!

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Seen these before.. . Disgusting little buggars
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