seen? Sometimes seen on some of our shores, among coral
rubble usually at night on our Southern shores.
Features: 5-7cm long. Body
is cream-white to beige with a pattern of fine black bars of unequal
length along the edges with a thin broken
orange or red line along the centre. It has a pair of pseudotentacles
at the front made up of folded edges of the body.
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
by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.
identification. Species are difficult to positively identify without close
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of
flatworm on Singapore shores
|Little Sisters Island, Feb 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.
Pulau Jong, Apr 15
Photo shared by Neo Mei Lin on his blog.
Island, Sep 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.
With grateful thanks to Leslie H. Harris of the Natural
History Museum of Los Angeles County for comments on this worm
and its identification.
virgulata on Encyclopedia of Life, LifeDesks, Marine Flatworms
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- Newman, Leslie
and Lester Cannon. 2003. Marine
Flatworms: The World of Polyclads.
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- Kuiter, Rudie
H and Helmut Debelius. 2009. World
Atlas of Marine Fauna. IKAN-Unterwasserachiv. 723pp.