Australian Flatworm

Australoplana sanguinea alba

Description:
Australian Flatworm
Facts:

About 8mm wide and 4 cm long when not moving. They are a light brown on their backs with lighter coloured underside. They prey on earth worms and are difficult to eradicate because most treatments will also kill the native species of earth worm. In most respects they are a smaller version of the New Zealand Flatworm

Introduced:

1980 (Scillies)
Origin:
Australia
Location:
South of UK
Status:
Increasing and spreading northwards
Problems:
Comments:
Predates on native earthworms which are essential for soil health and as food for other wild life.