Flatworm ID help - Resurrection Bay, Alaska

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Postby seekncritters » Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:19 pm

Couldn't find this one in my Invert ID book. Pretty little spotted critter which I'm guessing is some kind of flatworm, phylum Platyhelminthes.

Found at south end of Humpy Cove, Resurrection Bay, Alaska, about 30 ft deep, on the reef, daytime but it was dark because of algae bloom/halocline in top 8-10 ft layer of water, very silty all over the reef. It was maybe a little less than 1 in long (?).

These are the only two shots I have. Thanks for your help!

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Postby nwscubamom » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:10 pm

Looks like a Spotted Flatworm, Eurylepta leoparda. I got the ID out of Andy Lamb's Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest.

Nice closeup! Very detailed.

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Postby seekncritters » Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:37 pm

Yay! Thanks for the ID help, Janna! I love the scientific name, so appropriate!

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