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worms > Phylum Platyhelminthes > Class Turbellaria > Order Polycladida
Persian carpet flatworm
Pseudobiceros bedfordi
Family Pseudocerotidae
updated Feb 2020

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. This is among the few flatworms named from Singapore, in 1903 by Laidlaw

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 pseudotentacles made up of simple folded edges of the body.

What does it eat?
It eats ascidians.

Cyrene Reef, Mar 07

Pseudotentacles made up of folded body edges.

Underside pink with black margin.
Pulau Hantu, Jan 06

Persian carpet flatworms on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


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


Lazarus Island, Nov 20
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.

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

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


St John's Island, Oct 20
Photo shared by Vincent Choo on facebook.

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


Pulau Hantu, May 19*
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Hantu, May 19
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon 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.

Pulau Semakau South, Jan 20
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.


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

Terumbu Bemban, Jul 18
Photo shared by Lisa Lim on facebook.

Beting Bemban Besar, Nov 18
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.


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

Terumbu Pempang Laut, May 19
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu 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.

Acknowledgement
Grateful thanks to Rene Ong for sharing details and identifying the flatworms on this page.

Links

References

  • Rene S.L. Ong and Samantha J.W. Tong. 29 October 2018. A preliminary checklist and photographic catalogue of polyclad flatworms recorded from Singapore. Nature in Singapore 2018 11: 77–125.
  • D. M. Bolaños, B. Q. Gan & R. S. L. Ong. 29 Jun 2016. First records of pseudocerotid flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida: Cotylea) from Singapore: A taxonomic report with remarks on colour variation.(pdf) The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 34: 130-169  Pp. 130-169.
  • Newman, L.J. & Cannon, L.R.G. Nine new species of Pseudobiceros (Platyhelminthes: Polycladida) from Indo-Pacific. Pp. 341-368. in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology vol 45.
  • Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens and Gary C. Williams. 1996. Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific: Animal life from Africa to Hawaii exclusive of the vertebrates Sea Challengers. 314pp.
  • 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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