French gardens have recently been invaded by some strange predatory worms that apparently are no good news. These giant creatures originate in the tropical regions of Asia and have spread rapidly everywhere across France. They aren’t common only among gardens, as they can basically spread in any place. The situation is pretty serious, as these worms can easily turn into a threat for all the other wildlife forms.
The predatory worms likely come from Asia
These predatory worms are scary creatures that bring chills down everyone’s spines. They can even reach 40 cm in length and are quite widespread in mostly any kind of French environment. However, it’s relatively easy to ignore them if you don’t know of their existence.
The first one who spotted the strange predatory worms was Pierre Gros, an amateur naturalist enthusiast who snapped a picture of such a creature in 2013. He couldn’t identify its species, so he asked several other naturalists for help. At first, they were baffled by it, so the picture traveled from scientist to scientist until someone spotted something odd.
Jean-Lou Justine, a French National Museum of Natural History zoologist, was the one who realized where the worm came from. He was also amazed just like everyone else, since he knew there lived no such worms in France. This way, he decided to see how serious the invasive case was.
These invasive species might soon take over French environment
For five years, he kept gathering photos of these predatory worms appearing in different environments in France. Some of the images came from the tropical territories of the country, like French Guyana or Martinique. This way, he collected over 100 images that dated as far back as 1999.
This way, researchers have identified quite a big number of predatory worms that invasively populated France. Since most of them are so big, they pose a serious threat to all the smaller species that live in the soil. However, scientists still cannot be sure of how big of a danger they represent.
Before they perform more investigations, these predatory worms will remain quite a mystery. Researchers cannot understand how they went undetected for so many years and how they ended up in France in the first place. However, they still developed a study available in the journal PeerJ.
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