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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Find the Flatworm

Recently, I was trying to photograph a bryozoan (Tubulipora sp.) under a microscope...when I noticed a tiny flatworm nestled among the tubes of the bryozoan!  

I'm not which species of flatworm this, but I thought you might like to see it.  The main body color is white, but there's a nice orange color on the dorsal surface, and you can also see the two black eyes:

Can you find the flatworm in the next photo?  It blends in amazingly well.

One more "Find the Flatworm" photo.  Can you spot it?  Click on the photo for a larger version. 

What's it like to live within a bryozoan colony?

Not sure if anyone out there knows the identity of this flatworm, but if you do, let me know!


John W. Wall said...

Love it. How about Planavermis flavo. :)

Jackie Sones said...

Hi, John!

:) You get the prize for the most creative response. If that's not this worm's name, then it should be! ;) Or, if it hasn't been named yet, then we'll know what to suggest if someone ever gets around to describing it.

Many thanks!