worms > Phylum Platyhelminthes > Class Turbellaria > Order Polycladida
Persian carpet flatworm
Pseudobiceros bedfordi
Family Pseudocerotidae
updated Feb 14

Where seen? This richly patterned flatworm is more often encountered by divers. It is sometimes in the intertidal near living reefs on our Southern shores.

Features: 8-10cm long. Body with a distinctive rich pattern of stripes in black, brown and rose pink with tiny white dots. The stripes curve from the centre of the body to the sides. The edges of the body is black with white dots and is usually highly ruffled when the worm is in the water. The underside is uniformly pale pink with a black margin. It has a pair of erect pseudotentacles on the front of the worm made up of folded edges of the body.

What does it eat?
It eats ascidians and other small crustaceans.

Cyrene Reef, Mar 07

Underside pink with black margin.
Pulau Hantu, Jan 06

Pseudotentacles made up of folded body edges.

Persian carpet flatworms on Singapore shores

Photos of Persian carpet flatworms for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Tanah Merah, Jun 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his blog.

St John's Island, May 07
Photo shared by Dickson on his blog.

Sisters Island, May 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Semakau, Oct 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Terumbu Semakau, Nov 12
Photo shared by Heng Pei Yan on her blog.

Pulau Senang, Jun 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Pulau Semakau North, Nov 14
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.

Seringat-Kias, Nov 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Terumbu Pempang Kecil, Jan 15
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.



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  • Newman, Leslie and Lester Cannon. 2003. Marine Flatworms: The World of Polyclads. CSIRO Publishing. 97pp.
  • Humann, Paul and Ned Deloach. 2010. Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications. 497pp.
  • Kuiter, Rudie H and Helmut Debelius. 2009. World Atlas of Marine Fauna . IKAN-Unterwasserachiv. 723pp.
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