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Flatworm with prey

Geoplanidae

Description:

These flatworms are nocturnal. I only see them during the heaviest part of the rainy season when the ground is saturated.
This is the first and only time I saw one with prey... Acanalonia sp.

Habitat:

Tropical dry forest in NW Costa Rica 5 months into the 6 month rainy season.

Notes:

Without seeing the head species confirmation is unlikely.
Another found in CR with similar color and markings - http://alexhyde.photoshelter.com/image/I...

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24 Comments

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 4 years ago

Oldy but goody. Thanks guys.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 4 years ago

That is nuts! One of those right time, right place shots! Wonderful series. Thank you for sharing :)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Larry!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 6 years ago

Thanks gentleman!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

I was not a member of PN when you posted this...what a gem I had missed. Thanks to Mark for unearthing it...and to you for having shared it.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Still amazed! :-)

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

I couldn't believe it myself ulvalactuca77!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 7 years ago

Cool!! Almost constrictor-like!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

"Pura Vida"

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Thanks staccyh! Thanks Env. I noticed your spotting suggestion Env! Thanks. Unfortunately, this is not the hammerhead flatworm. Boy, I wish it was! Here is a link to the same species on my page: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/177... This spotting, although darker in colour is the same species as this spotting.

staccyh
staccyh 7 years ago

Wow, its an amazing spotting!! Congrats.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Thanks QWQ I agree!

QWMom
QWMom 8 years ago

Amazing!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Thanks Sergio, Leanne, Claire, and Carol! You are my champions!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Awesome!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

Fantastic! What a great spotting. I didn't even know what they ate or that they could eat something that big!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 8 years ago

Awesome!

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

Yowee! That's really neat!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Thanks Scott! Thanks Nance, I didn't know either. I had no idea that they preyed on live animals until I read more. I posted this some time back on the Facebook page and there was some discussion about whether the hopper was alive or not. I assure that it was moving and alive but not necessarily struggling. Thanks Alice!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Very nice! Action shot in slow mo :-)

auntnance123
auntnance123 8 years ago

Interesting--I didn't realize they took such large prey.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Cool!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 8 years ago

Thanks Argy, I couldn't believe it as I watched it!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

This is something special. Thanks Larry.

LarryGraziano
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Provincia Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Spotted on Sep 21, 2012
Submitted on Feb 5, 2013

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