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Phlegm flatworm
awaiting identification*
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? Ah choo!! Did someone just sneeze?! Resembling mobile phlegm, this flesh-coloured flatworm is sometimes seen on our Southern shores. On rocky shore boulders and under stones near the high water mark. It moves rapidly and changing shape from nearly circular to elongated as it slithers rapidly.

Features: 6-10cm. This large, rather fleshy flatworm is usually a uniformly pinkish or greyish beige, with a very smooth body surface. Sometimes slightly translucent with its internal parts visible. It does not have obvious pseudotentacles. It seems to eat rather large prey for a flatworm and is sometimes seen with alarmingly large lumps in the body.

With large lump in its body.
Labrador, May 06

Labrador, Feb 09
Shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Sentosa, Jun 09

Sentosa, Jan 06

*
Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Phlegm flatworms on Singapore shores

Photos of Phlegm flatworms for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Tanah Merah, Oct 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Cyrene Reef, Aug 11
Photo shared byJames Koh on his blog.
 


Lazarus, Apr 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Lazarus, Apr 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Hantu, Jan 12
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.


Pulau Semakau, Dec 08
Photo shared byToh Chay Hoon on her flickr.

Terumbu Pempang Laut, Apr 11
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.
 


Raffles Lighthouse, Aug 08
Photo shared byLoh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his flickr.

Pulau Salu, Aug 10

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