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Short ribbon worm
awaiting identification*
updated Jan 2020

Where seen? Rather short ribbon worms are sometimes seen on some of our shores. They are more active at night.

Features: Grouped in this entry are unsegmented worms that are only 10-15cm long, some more cylindrical than ribbon-like. Most are pale with one fine stripe along the length. They probably include different kinds of ribbon worms.

What does it eat? One was seen wrapped around a drill snail. It's not certain who was eating whom. Another was seen coiled around a paralysed shrimp. They are sometimes seen slithering about among oysters.

Tanah Merah, Feb 10

Wrapped around a drill snail.
Labrador, May 06

Coiled around a paralysed shrimp.
Pulau Hantu, Mar 07

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Short ribbon worm on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Labrador, Feb 09
Shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

St John's Island, Jan 20
Shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.
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