- Ecology, karyology, and anatomy of the planarian Pentacoelum hispaniense Sluys, 1989 (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida)
- Volume | Issue number
- 64 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
On the basis of recently discovered new populations of the triclad flatworm Pentacoelum hispaniense new data are detailed on the ecology, reproduction, karyology, and anatomy of the species, including the first description of the external appearance of living specimens. Living animals show three refringent patches on the dorsal surface of which the nature and function remain unknown. The diploid chromosome complement consists of 14 chromosomes. The species appears to be restricted to relatively warm, lowland bodies of water, where it may be found in heterogeneous habitats. The species reproduces only sexually through the production of cocoons. This study presents the first record of a digenean flatworm parasitizing a marine triclad in the form of a metacercaria.
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