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2010-04-28 10:40:00

Scientists have discovered two living specimens of the giant Palouse earthworm near Spokane, Washington. One adult and one juvenile were found by University of Idaho soil science student Shan Xu and research support scientist Karl Umiker on March 27, according to a Tuesday press release posted at the university's website. Furthermore, they also discovered three Palouse cocoons, two of which have already hatched while under laboratory observation. According to Nicholas K. Geranios of the...

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2009-07-12 13:05:00

Scientists and researchers are scouring the Palouse region from eastern Washington into the Idaho panhandle in hopes of finding more of the dwindling giant Palouse earthworms, The Associated Press reported. The almost elusive worm is said to secrete a lily-like smell when handled, spit at predators, and live in burrows 15 feet deep. There have been only a handful of sightings. Even though there has been little research done on the Palouse worm, conservationists are asking the Obama...

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2009-07-01 12:05:00

Conservationists filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday seeking federal protection for the Palouse earthworm "” a worm that spits at its predators, The Associated Press reported. Fans of the rare, sweet-smelling species requested the worm be protected as an endangered species. Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity said the giant Palouse earthworm is critically endangered and needs the protection of the Endangered Species Act to have any...

2008-01-29 08:18:59

A rare 3-foot-long spitting earthworm that smells like lilies is at the heart of a legal battle between conservationists and the U.S. government. When taxonomist Frank Smith discovered the giant Palouse earthworm (Driloleirus americanus) in 1897 by, he described it as "very abundant." Nowadays, however, sightings of the worm are rare. The only recent confirmed worm sighting was made in 2005 by a University of Idaho researcher. Before that, the giant worm had not been spotted in...


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