Protection sought again for giant, sweet-smelling worm

Protection sought again for giant, sweet-smelling worm

Credit: University of Idaho

The large, white worm at the top is the giant Palouse earthworm, Driloleirus americanus. Below is the southern worm or Aporrectodea trapezoides, which is considered an introduced species.

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by By Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:34 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Fans of the giant Palouse earthworm are once again seeking federal protection for the rare, sweet-smelling species.

The worm has been seen only four reported times in the past 110 years, but supporters contend it is still present in portions of eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

The worm can reach 3 feet in length, is white in color and reportedly possesses a unique lily smell.

Environmental groups are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the worm as an endangered species.

The Bush administration rejected an earlier petition, but supporters hope to have better luck with the Obama administration.

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