I came across this planarian during one of my hike up Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore. Any idea what is its name? Sincerely,
A cursory search online did not produce any matches for your gaudily striped Flatworm from Singapore. Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had with the identification. One would think that such distinctive markings would have been noticed and noted.
Update: (07/29/2008) ID for Unknown Striped Flatworm from Singapore
What a gorgeous terrestrial planarian! There is a very nice shot of this same species at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/budak/1148748518/ If the ID there is correct, then this is probably Bipalium rauchi von Graff, 1899. Best,
It is so wonderful to be able to post a photo in the morning, then go to work in order to be able to pay the mortgage, endure an earthquake, and then return home to find an identification in the mailbox. Thanks heaps.
Update: (07/29/2008) Unknown Striped Flatworm a P.S.
The generic name now seems to have been changed to Diversibipalium , thus the species would be Diversibipalium rauchi (von Graff, 1899).
Another Reader’s Update: (07/29/2008) Unknown Planarian on your site
You have a picture of an unknown flatworm from Singapore on your page from 7/27/08. I just wanted to throw in my two cents. I saw a similar looking creature on flickr and someone replied leaving a comment saying it was in the genus Bipalium. So, I googled the genus and came across this website: http://www-biol.paisley.ac.uk/biomedia/text/txt_pictures.htm It lists different picture names in alphabetical order. Under Bipalium is a picture that nearly exactly matches the flatworm on your site. The link to the flickr picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/budak/1148748518/ The third comment lists a possible species level ID as well as a few sources. Don’t know if this is what you’re looking for, but I hope it helps. Thanks,