seen? Sometimes seen on some of our shores, among coral
rubble usually at night.
Features: 5-7cm long. Body
is cream-white to beige with a pattern of black bars or spots in bars
along the edges with a
broad pale centre with orange or darker spots in a honey-comb pattern.
It has a pair of pseudotentacles at the front made up of folded edges
of the body. A distinguishing feature is black spots on the pseudotentacles.
What does it eat? Maritigrella flatworms eat ascidians by sucking out individual animals with their tube-shaped pharynx (a
part of the gut) that can be pushed out through the mouth to engulf
Chek Jawa, Aug 05
identification. Species are difficult to positively identify without close
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
flatworms on Singapore shores
With grateful thanks to Leslie H. Harris of the Natural
History Museum of Los Angeles County for comments on this worm
and its identification.
- 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.
- Kuiter, Rudie
H and Helmut Debelius. 2009. World
Atlas of Marine Fauna. IKAN-Unterwasserachiv. 723pp.