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Naturalist discovers new flatworm species

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London - When the ancient Greeks wrote about the giant Argus, they imagined a fearsome beast with 100 ever-watchful eyes trained on gods and mortals alike.

They most certainly did not have in mind a tiny flatworm that anyone might find in their back garden.

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But a keen naturalist has found just such a creature in grassland near Cambridge. Brian Eversham, chief executive of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, discovered the flatworm — which has between 50 and 60 eyes — when he turned over a log one Sunday morning.

The worm, which he generously described as “cute”, is 12mm long and is thought to be a new species. It’s yet to be named, but the “Argus flatworm” has a certain ring to it. - Daily Mail

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