Absurd Creature of the Week: Voracious Velvet Worm Ensnares Foes With Jets of Slime
One of the animal kingdom’s more non-exclusive semantic clubs is that of the worms. Are you “any of a number of creeping or burrowing invertebrate animals with long, slender, soft bodies and no limbs,” as the New Oxford American Dictionary defines you? Well come on in—we have a seat just for you. From the ferocious (seriously) predatory marine bobbit worm to the horsehair worm, which invades crickets’ bodies and mind-controls them, it’s a club that’s as incredibly neat as it is diverse.