Flatworm Code of Practice

Codes of practice are designed to encourage people to act responsibly. For non-native species problems it is vital that people carry out their activities (for example growing plants for garden centres, trading in exotic plants, holding a private collection of plants or animals or owning a pet) in a responsible and informed manner to minimise the risks to the environment.

The New Zealand flatworm is a non-native species, first recorded in Great Britain in Edinburgh (1965), but now widely distributed throughout much of Scotland and, to a lesser extent, northern England.

A Code of Practice has been produced for this and other non-native flatworms in GB. This is a practical guide to help producers and traders of nursery stock detect and limit the spread of non-indigenous flatworms, notably the 'New Zealand' flatworm, Arthurdendyus triangulatus, and the 'Australian' flatworm, Australoplana sanguinea.

Download the Non-native Flatworm Code of Practice here.

Follow the links below for additional resources and information about these species:


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