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Horsehair worms

Phylum Nematamorpha

Horsehair worm

Gary Averbeck


Size: 2 up to 14 inches long

Where/When: They are found in freshwater or damp soils or surfaces, such as on plants.

Significance: They are parasites of insects, arthropods, and other invertebrates when they are immature and free-living as adults. Despite their appearance, they are harmless to people and plants.

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