Dendrocoelum lacteum


    This flatworm can be over 2cm in length and is very sticky due to the mucus it produces to help it glide and also to put off potential predators. It is milky white with its gut a more dense white.

    Identification difficulty

    Almost anywhere there is water particularly in lakes and rivers.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Mainly predatory on crustacea, but also on other species.

    UK Status

    Widespread in most of Britain

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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