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Species Name:    Pseudoceros bicolor
Common Name:      (Two-colored flatworm)

 

I. TAXONOMY

Kingdom Phylum/Division: Class: Order: Family: Genus:
Animalia Platyhelminthes Turbellaria Polycladida Pseudocerotidae Pseudoceros


Adult Pseudoceros bicolor, sampled in the Indian River Lagoon.  Photo courtesy of: Newman & Flowers, Smithsonian Institution (NMNH).


Species Name:
 
Pseudoceros bicolor

 

Common Name:
Two-colored flatworm

 

 

 


Other Taxonomic Groupings:
Suborder: Cotylea


II. HABITAT AND DISTRIBUTION 

IRL Distribution:
P. bicolor is likely to be distributed throughout the Indian River Lagoon, however, it has been sampled from only a few locations.  


III. LIFE HISTORY AND POPULATION BIOLOGY

Age, Size, Lifespan:
Minimum, typical and maximum dimensions of Pseudoceros bicolor are 8 x 4 mm, 20 x 8 mm and 26 x 10 mm (approximately 1 inch) respectively.

Abundance:
Pseudoceros bicolor is presently considered rare but greater sampling effort could change this status.

Reproduction:
Pseudoceros bicolor is a simultaneous hermaphrodite that displays hypodermic insemination.

Embryology:
Larval form of Pseudoceros bicolor is the Müller's larva.


IV. PHYSICAL TOLERANCES


V. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

Trophic Mode:
Pseudoceros bicolor most likely preys upon colonial ascidians.

Habitat:
The preferred habitat of Pseudoceros bicolor is coral rubble.


VI. SPECIAL STATUS

Special Status:
None

Economic Importance:
None.