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Scientists warn escargot could be off menu if France fails to stem worm invasion

Published on Mar 4, 2014 8:12 PM
 

PARIS (AFP) - Snails, one of France's signature dishes, could be off the menu if the country fails to stem an invasion by a slimy worm from South-east Asia, scientists warned on Tuesday.

The warning is being sounded over a voracious species called the New Guinea flatworm.

It is already on a list of the 100 most dangerous invasive species in the world as it has a relentless appetite for native snails and earthworms in places where it has been introduced.

Workers at a botanical gardens in Caen, Normandy, called in scientific help after they spotted a strange, dark, flat-as-a-pancake worm among their greenhouse plants.

 
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