New Discovery of Alien-like Worm (P. Manokwari)

By Anayanze Rodriguez

Staff Writer

Beginning around June of 2015, an alien like worm with its mouth found in the middle of his stomach and identified as the flat worm was first discovered in Florida. It has been discovered that the worm is populating around Miami, Florida’s capital. The creature found is only a couple millimeters thick but will grow to be 2.5 inches (60 millimeters). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has claimed that the alien-like worm is considered one of the top 100 worst invasive species in the world and it has been threatening the snail population. Its way of survival is odd yet interesting to see the specie wrap itself around the snail and ingest the snails soft tissue in a gulp. Although, the specie, P.Manokwari, was not a surprise discovery since it was already discovered in 15 other countries. However, it was a first to see its arrival in the United States. Scientists from the museum National d’Histoire Naturally in France detected two genetic groups of the alien-like worm. The genetics, however, are found as indistinguishable except for the level of their genetic codes. One being identified as the Australian Haplotype, which was found as being only discovered in Australia and other Solomon Islands. The second is identified as the World Haplotype, which is found around the world in areas such as France, New Caledonia, Singapore, Puerto Rico, and Florida.  Despite the fact that the alien-like worm is not that of a great size it has its threats that many scientists and citizens should worry about. Scientists first believed the P. Manokwari would only be found on small islands and if they for instance tried to populate it would only be on the those small islands where they were surrounded by sea, but its discovery in Florida brings a whole other threat. Scientists do not understand yet how it had spread on to North America from a Island, but suggests It is the fault of  humankind since many of the flat worms are found in plants that are transported around the world, but the fear is of how It could now spread throughout the United States and America’s and their affect on other species.


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