New Zealand Flatworm

Artioposthia triangulata

Description:
New Zealand Flatworm
Facts:

About 1cm wide and 6 cm long when not moving. They are a purplish 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.

Introduced:

1963 (N.Ireland)
Origin:
New Zealand
Location:
Throughout UK although most widespread in N.Ireland and Scotland
Status:
Increasing
Problems:
Comments:
Predates on native earthworms which are essential for soil health.