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
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