A reader just sent us a photo of a creature he found at the beach. He said there were several of them and is curious what they are. The photo shows a worm-like organism that has an orange and pink body, with yellow-feathered edges. We are confident this is a flatworm of some sort, but which kind?
Flatworms, or planarians, are soft-bodied invertebrates that live in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. Since our reader found this creature at the beach, we believe it is an aquatic flatworm. There are tons of different species of aquatic flatworms.
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Despite the great photo our reader sent in of the specimen in question, we are unable to identify this flatworm with a specific name. We invite any readers to comment with ideas or guesses on the species of this critter!
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