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Persian carpet flatworm
Pseudobiceros bedfordi
Family Pseudocerotidae
updated Oct 2016

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

Features: 8-10cm long. Usually with deep ruffles. 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. Black wide margin with white dots. The underside is uniformly pale pink with a wide 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.

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

Beting Bemban Besar, Nov 18
Photo shared by Lisa Lim on facebook.

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

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

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

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Nov 18
Photo shared by Juria Toramae on facebook.

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

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



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