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Luminous blue flatworm on a tarn margin on Sphagnum.

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Turbellaria - Photo (c) Trent Pearce, all rights reserved
sarah_richardson's ID: Class Turbellaria, a member of Flatworms (Phylum Platyhelminthes)
Posted by sarah_richardson over 3 years ago (Flag)
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wowee! we've had these brightly coloured planarians before. u never know what's alurking!

Posted by meurkc over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Land Planarians - Photo (c) Pavel Kirillov, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
stephen_thorpe's ID: Land Planarians (Family Geoplanidae)
Posted by stephen_thorpe over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks stho002 - I've been looking at previous posts and am I right that this Family is the only option now for terrestrial flatworms?

Posted by sarah_richardson about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Looks much like this observation from Lake Rotoiti tops: http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/948259

Posted by sarah_richardson about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Yes, all terrestrial flatworms are Geoplanidae now

Posted by stephen_thorpe about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Land Planarians - Photo (c) Pavel Kirillov, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
sarah_richardson's ID: Land Planarians (Family Geoplanidae)
Posted by sarah_richardson about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Why the colour? They can't see much, if anything, right? Is it aposematic?

Posted by joepb over 2 years ago (Flag)
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I suppose someone needs to volunteer to eat one to see what it tastes like and see if it makes them sick. But not on the top of a remote mountain. ;-)

It would be handy to know what local birds do when they see it.

Posted by jon_sullivan 3 months ago (Flag)
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Land Planarians - Photo (c) Pavel Kirillov, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
jon_sullivan's ID: Land Planarians (Family Geoplanidae)
Posted by jon_sullivan 3 months ago (Flag)
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Land Planarians - Photo (c) Pavel Kirillov, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
sarah_richardson's ID: Land Planarians (Family Geoplanidae)
Land Planarians - Photo (c) Pavel Kirillov, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Land Planarians (Family Geoplanidae)
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