Definition of Australian flatworm in English:

Australian flatworm


  • 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

    • ‘One subplot deals with Australian flatworms that were introduced to Scotland.’
    • ‘The Australian flatworm likes it a wee bit warmer and they're more frequently seen in the south of England.’
    • ‘So far, the NZ and Australian flatworms have not become established in continental Europe.’
    • ‘A second introduced species, the Australian flatworm, has been spreading northwards in Britain.’
    • ‘The New Zealand flatworm is concentrated in southern Scotland and the Australian flatworm in southwest England.’