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Short Communication | Zoology | India | Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023
First Documentation of Bipalium Species in Eastern Vidarbha, Maharashtra, India: A Potential Threat to Local Biodiversity
Ashish Suresh Gadwe
Abstract: Land planarians, particularly the hammerhead flatworms subfamily Bipaliinae, are remarkable creatures known for their distinctive size, color, and head shape. This study presents the first documentation of the Bipalium species in the Eastern Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India. The observed Bipalium species bears a close resemblance to B. bengalensis, but further morphological, anatomical, histological, and molecular analyses are needed for accurate identification. The presence of Bipalium, an invasive species that feeds on beneficial soil animals like earthworms, poses a potential threat to local biodiversity. This study underscores the need for increased awareness and further research into the ecology of this species.
Keywords: Bipalium, Deori, Gondia, Invasive species, Land Planarians, Vidarbha region
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023,
Pages: 1782 - 1784