Microplana terrestis - Microplana terrestris


The land flatworm Microplana terrestis may up to 2 cm long when extended, but is highly contractile. It is round in section, unsegmented, shiny and dark, without any noticeable stripes or bold patterning, and with small eyes at the front end.

Identification difficulty

Damp places, under stones and logs.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It feeds on dead slugs, snails and earthworms.

UK Status

Our most common and widespread flatworm species, but not well recorded in Britain.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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