About the Fuchsia Flatworm
The Fuchsia Flatworm can reach a length of about 18-48 mm.The upper surface of the body is a fuchsia color with small white dots and two marginal red and orange bands without dots. These Flatworms have a bright coloration that warns off predators so they aren't afraid to crawl around and feed. Fuchsia Flatworms feed on various colonial ascidians.
Location & Habitat
It can be found in the external slope or top coral reef, at a depth of 1-15 m. It is widespread in the tropical Indo-Pacific, from the Indonesian Archipelagos to Central Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Palau in Micronesia, Philippines, and the islands of Hawaii.
Since these flatworms are nocturnal they are a rare find on dives in coral reefs. Also, living in coral reefs are at risk from pollution and over fishing from humans.
- The Fuchsia Flatworm is a very uncommon species of flatworms
- They are nocturnal
- They have aposematic coloring (warning coloration ie. bright colors) to warn off predators