One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An orange or yellow terrestrial flatworm up to 8 cm in length, accidentally introduced from Australia to Britain where it is destroying earthworm populations.
Coenoplana alba, order Tricladida, class Turbellaria
- ‘A second introduced species, the Australian flatworm, has been spreading northwards in Britain.’
- ‘The Australian flatworm likes it a wee bit warmer and they're more frequently seen in the south of England.’
- ‘The New Zealand flatworm is concentrated in southern Scotland and the Australian flatworm in southwest England.’
- ‘One subplot deals with Australian flatworms that were introduced to Scotland.’
- ‘So far, the NZ and Australian flatworms have not become established in continental Europe.’
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