Caenoplana coerulea facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCaenoplana coerulea
|Caenoplana coerulea, the Blue Planarian.|
Caenoplana coerulea, known as the Blue Planarian or Blue Garden Flatworm is a species of land planarian.
This is a long narrow flatworm, which is shiny black or dark brown on the upper surface, and mid-blue underneath (hence the specific epithet and the common name of "blue planarian".) There is a narrow creamy/fawn coloured longitudinal stripe running down the center of the upper surface. Multiple eyespots are present. The head on some individuals has a pinkish appearance. The adult length is 6 to 12 cm.
This flatworm's native range is eastern Australia and New Zealand. This species has however been accidentally introduced to the Balearic Islands, Argentina, Canary Islands, France, and the USA (including California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, South Carolina and Iowa).
It is found in moist forest areas, and during drier periods it shelters under rocks, rotting logs and in leaf litter. It is often seen after periods of heavy rain.
Showing color variation and more detail
Caenoplana coerulea Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.