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Geoplanarian

Lenkunya munda

Description:

About 25mm long but highly compressed around some kind of prey.
Dandenong Ranges National Park

Habitat:

Damp grass in open sclerophyll eucalyptus forest.

Notes:

The genus Lenkunya is characterized by having body that is broadly convex dorsally and flat ventrally. The creeping sole occupies 70–80% of the body width. The eyes form a single row around the anterior tip, are crowded antero-laterally and continue posteriorly in a staggered row. The parenchymal musculature is strong and includes a ring zone of circulo-oblique fibers. The copulatory apparatus has a well-developed penis papilla and lacks adenodactyls or other accessory glands.
The name Lenkunya comes from an aboriginal word meaning beautiful.

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 months ago

I've been reading some about these. It's amazing how many species we actually have here and how dramatically coloured and patterned they are. We've found six species just within 10 metres of our back door.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

O My! This is strange and weird and wonderful...very Lenkunya.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jul 13, 2020
Submitted on Jul 17, 2020

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