Terrestrial flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida: Terricola) of Seychelles

Winsor, Leigh (2011) Terrestrial flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida: Terricola) of Seychelles. In: Gerlach, Justin, (ed.) Crustacea, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Nemertea, Annelida, Rotifera and Tardigrada of the Seychelles Islands. Seychelles Fauna Monographs, 1895 . Siri Scientific Press, Manchester, UK, pp. 8-14.

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[Extract] Terrestrial flatworms, also called land planarians (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida: Terricola), are important members of the soil fauna. Ranging in size from 1–20cm in length and often brightly coloured and patterned, they have practically no water-saving adaptations and are dependent upon moisture in the microhabitat. For this reason they are mostly nocturnal in habit. However they are sensitive to too much water and generally avoid saturated conditions. During heavy rain or overcast wet conditions they may be encountered crawling about in the open and on trees. All terrestrial flatworms are carnivores and most are predators, feeding upon a variety of other animals of the soil and litter including arthropods, molluscs, and other flatworms (Winsor et al. 1998).

Item ID: 18785
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-0-9558636-9-1
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 01:31
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060301 Animal Systematics and Taxonomy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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