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First report of the exotic blue land planarian, Caenoplana coerulea (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae), on Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain).

Breugelmans K, Cardona JQ, Artois T, Jordaens K, Backeljau T - Zookeys (2012)

Bottom Line: Their external morphology suggested that both specimens belonged to the invasive blue planarian Caenoplana coerulea, a species which is native to eastern Australia.Sequence data of a fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and of the entire 18S ribosomal RNA confirm its identification.This is one of the first records of the species in Europe where it has only been found in one locality in the United Kingdom, France and NE Spain.

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Affiliation: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.

ABSTRACT
In April 2009 two specimens of a terrestrial flatworm were collected from under a rock in an orchard at Ciutadella de Menorca on the easternmost Balearic island of Menorca (Spain). Their external morphology suggested that both specimens belonged to the invasive blue planarian Caenoplana coerulea, a species which is native to eastern Australia. Sequence data of a fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and of the entire 18S ribosomal RNA confirm its identification. This is one of the first records of the species in Europe where it has only been found in one locality in the United Kingdom, France and NE Spain.

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One of the two specimens of Caenoplana coerulea collected on Menoca.
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Figure 2: One of the two specimens of Caenoplana coerulea collected on Menoca.

Mentions: In April 2009 two specimens of a terrestrial flatworm were collected by hand under a rock in an orchard at Ciutadella de Menorca on the easternmost Balearic island of Menorca (Spain, 39°57'00" N, 03°51'00" E; Figures 1 and 2). Both specimens (labelled ‘1957’ and ‘1958’) were stored in 100% ethanol.


First report of the exotic blue land planarian, Caenoplana coerulea (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae), on Menorca (Balearic Islands, Spain).

Breugelmans K, Cardona JQ, Artois T, Jordaens K, Backeljau T - Zookeys (2012)

One of the two specimens of Caenoplana coerulea collected on Menoca.
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Figure 2: One of the two specimens of Caenoplana coerulea collected on Menoca.
Mentions: In April 2009 two specimens of a terrestrial flatworm were collected by hand under a rock in an orchard at Ciutadella de Menorca on the easternmost Balearic island of Menorca (Spain, 39°57'00" N, 03°51'00" E; Figures 1 and 2). Both specimens (labelled ‘1957’ and ‘1958’) were stored in 100% ethanol.

Bottom Line: Their external morphology suggested that both specimens belonged to the invasive blue planarian Caenoplana coerulea, a species which is native to eastern Australia.Sequence data of a fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and of the entire 18S ribosomal RNA confirm its identification.This is one of the first records of the species in Europe where it has only been found in one locality in the United Kingdom, France and NE Spain.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.

ABSTRACT
In April 2009 two specimens of a terrestrial flatworm were collected from under a rock in an orchard at Ciutadella de Menorca on the easternmost Balearic island of Menorca (Spain). Their external morphology suggested that both specimens belonged to the invasive blue planarian Caenoplana coerulea, a species which is native to eastern Australia. Sequence data of a fragment of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and of the entire 18S ribosomal RNA confirm its identification. This is one of the first records of the species in Europe where it has only been found in one locality in the United Kingdom, France and NE Spain.

No MeSH data available.