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New Dartmoor sighting of invasive flatworm is a surprise to conservationists

Source: buglife.org.uk

An invasive flatworm from Australia has turned up in an unusual place – under a cowpat on Dartmoor.

The Australian flatworm (Australoplana sanguinea) grows up to 8cm long, and has a flattened, shiny pinky-orange body.

This isn’t the first sighting of the Australian flatworm in the UK – it has previously been found in urban areas, and is thought to be imported into the UK in plant pots. However, this species is now appearing further afield in the countryside. MORE

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