Dark-spotted Flatworm (Maritigrella fuscopunctata)

Also known as Marine Worms, Polyclad Flatworms, Punctuated Flatworm

Description

Also known as Marine Worms, Polyclad Flatworms, Punctuated Flatworm.

Found singly or in pairs amongst rubble and sand areas over coral and rocky reef tops.
They feed on ascidians.
Length - 7cm
Depth - 5-20m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

Flatworms can move fast along the bottom by rapidly beating tiny hairs which act like millions of feet to propel them along in an undulating manner.
They feed by placing themselves over their victims and sucking in their prey, a tube like extension in its mouth acts as a grinder.
Many flatworms are confused with seaslugs and visa versa.

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