flatworms/flukes in the mouth of an eastern hognose snake
Looking very flat. Like that its eyes stick up a bit.
Here is a 2" long Notocomplana spp. marine worm, found alongside a Kaburakia excelsa or Giant Flatworm under a rock at low tide. It was much thinner than the Giant Flatworm. I wonder what the two dots are that look so much like eyes at the front of its body?!
This Kaburakia excelsa or Giant Flatworm was about 3" long, and featured a lovely leopard-like camouflage. I found it under a rock during the low tide.
Night dive at site Challenger Bay, max depth 12.3m / 40ft.
The flatworms, known in scientific literature as Platyhelminthes or Plathelminthes (from the Greek πλατύ, platy, meaning "flat" and ἕλμινς (root: ἑλμινθ-), helminth-, meaning worm) are a phylum of relatively simple bilaterian, unsegmented, soft-bodied invertebrate animals. Unlike other bilaterians, they have no body cavity, and no specialized circulatory and respiratory organs, which restricts them to having flattened shapes that allow oxygen and nutrients to pass through their bodies by diffusion. The digestive cavity has only one opening...