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New Guinea Flatworm

Scientific Name

Platydemus manokwari de Beauchamp, 1962 (ITIS)

Common Name

New Guinea flatworm

Native To

Originally described from Papua New Guinea (Justine et al. 2015)

Date of U.S. Introduction

First found in Florida in 2012 (Justine et al. 2015)

Means of Introduction

Unknown; land flatworms have been known to be introduced in the soil of imported plants (Sluys 2016)


Predator of land snails (Justine et al. 2015)

New guinea flatworm
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Platydemus manokwari in Coral Gables, Florida


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Selected Resources

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International Government
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