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Silt flatworm
awaiting identification*
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? Resembling mobile snot, this small flatworm is sometimes seen on soft silty shores as well as sandy areas near reefs, sometimes in large numbers.

Features: 1.5-4cm. Semi-translucent, pale shades matching the surrounding sand or silt, often with tiny speckles. It moves very rapidly, oozing through little holes in the ground. In some a pair of tiny tentacles can be seen. Some were seen stretched out into a long narrow ribbon, others just little ovals.

Grouped in this entry are flatworms of similar shape and size. It is possible that these are different species. .

Woodlands, Jul 08

Pasir Ris Park, Jan 09

Sisters Island, Feb 10

Oozing through holes in the ground.

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

Silt flatworms on Singapore shores

Photos of Silt flatworms for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

South Pulau Semakau, Aug 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Chek Jawa, Jun 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.
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