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Overview

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There are a total of around 20,000 species of flatworms, some of which live in the sea, others in freshwater and some of which are parasitic. As the name suggests, flatworms are flat and relatively broad. They are primitive animals, but have a definite head and tail and a developed nervous system. The body and reproduction deviate so much from other worms that they have been categorized separately. The larger species glide through the water just like snails. Despite the fact that they are primitive, these animals are capable of learning. For example, they reacted to a lamp in experiments and can also learn to react to it always in the same way.
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Ecology

Associations

Known predators

Platyhelminthes (fluke) is prey of:
Anatidae
Phalacrocoracidae

Based on studies in:
USA: New York, Long Island (Marine)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • G. M. Woodwell, Toxic substances and ecological cycles, Sci. Am. 216(3):24-31, from pp. 26-27 (March 1967).
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Known prey organisms

Platyhelminthes (fluke) preys on:
Plantae

Based on studies in:
USA: New York, Long Island (Marine)

This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
  • G. M. Woodwell, Toxic substances and ecological cycles, Sci. Am. 216(3):24-31, from pp. 26-27 (March 1967).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records:12136
Specimens with Sequences:8719
Specimens with Barcodes:4633
Species:965
Species With Barcodes:786
Public Records:4787
Public Species:671
Public BINs:586
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