Fuchsia Flatworm (Pseudoceros ferrugineus)

Also known as Cerise Flatworm, Marine Worm, Orange Margin Flatworm, Pink Flatworm, Polyclad Flatworm, Scarlet-fringed Flatworm

Description

Also known as Cerise Flatworm, Marine Worm, Orange Margin Flatworm, Pink Flatworm, Polyclad Flatworm, Scarlet-fringed Flatworm.

Found singly or in pairs over coral, rock and rubble areas of external slopes of top coral reefs.
They feed on colonial ascidians.
Length - 4.5cm
Depth - 1-15m
Widespread Indo-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 sea slugs and visa versa. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudoceros_ferrugineus

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