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Australian Flatworm, Australoplana sanguinea


Short description of Australoplana sanguinea, Australian Flatworm

2-8 cm long, 2-5 mm wide, flattened. Orange with peach-coloured front end or pinkish-orange after feeding. Many minute eyes (black dots) round the anterior and lateral margins.

Description of Australoplana sanguinea, Australian Flatworm status in GB

Widespread in SW England, with fewer sites in Wales and NW England. Abundant at some sites.

Habitat summary: Australoplana sanguinea, Australian Flatworm

In gardens, garden centres, woodland and other damp sites. Usually found under stones, planks, plastic sacks and other refuges on the soil surface.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Australia
Functional type: Predator
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Scilly (1) & Dorset (9)
Date of first record: 1980

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Australian Flatworm

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Hugh Jones

Last updated:

September 23rd 2016

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