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Turbellaria (within lobster mouth parts)                              

Brandon Meteyard (2012)

 

 

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Turbellarian flatworms are acoelomate bilateria without a definitive anus (Cannon, 1986). They are mostly free-living, however some have been found to be parasitic and symbionts with crustaceans and molluscs (Cannon, 1986). The Turbellarian found in this study were from the Tropical spiny lobster (Panulirus ornatus) mouth parts found on Heron Reef. Turbellarians are distributed globally however, best studied extensively throughout Europe (Cannon, 1986). Macroturbellaria and microturbellaria are two groups used to categorise the diversity of size seen throughout turbellaria. Macroturbellaria are generally in the cm size range but the majority of Turbellaria are considered microturbellaria, less than 0.5mm (Ruppert et al., 2004). The nervous system of Turbellaria is variable across taxa especially anatomical structures like the brain, nerve cords and eyes (Ruppert et al., 2004). This webpage is for those seeking a better understanding of Turbellaria in the marine aquatic environment with particular focus on Northern Queensland, Australia. 

      

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