The giant Palouse earthworm is still among the Northwest's rarest inhabitants, but two new discoveries suggest the native wigglers might be a bit more abundant than previously thought.More bad news for Democrats
A pair of pinkish-white worms from opposite margins of the Columbia River basin appear to be members of the species, reputed to grow up to 3 feet long.
In March, researchers digging in a remnant of native prairie near Moscow, Idaho, accidentally minced one of the creatures and collected the bits. The rolling grasslands of the region, called the Palouse, are believed to be the species' historic habitat.
But the second worm came from a more surprising location: a forested slope above the Chelan County town of Leavenworth.
"If it is the correct species, it's pretty exciting to find it in an area where it hasn't been described before," said University of Idaho soil scientist Jodi Johnson-Maynard, who has been stalking the giant earthworm for years. "Maybe it's not just tied to the prairie."
Friday, May 02, 2008
Another Giant Palouse Earthworm Found - In Chelan County?
It turns out that the Giant Palouse Earthworm is not confined to the Palouse. And, there might be far more of them than suspected.