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Acoel Flatworms (Waminoa brickneri) on Fungia coral Diver&#039;s lodge House Reef, Lembeh.<br />
These worms can infect corals in large numbers (see also next spotting) and harm their host by shading and by destroying the protective mucus layer, reducing the coral defenses. So no good news to see many of these on a coral.<br />
<a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-012-0919-7" rel="nofollow">https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-012-0919-7</a><br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/64456/acoel_flatworm_waminoa_brickneri_in_tubastrea_coral.html" title="Acoel Flatworm (Waminoa brickneri) in Tubastrea coral"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2298/64456_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1620259210&Signature=Xlb6Q8T7KvmwVp86APWHWzX%2FdDU%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Acoel Flatworm (Waminoa brickneri) in Tubastrea coral Kapal Indah, Lembeh.<br />
Another case of massive infestation of a Tubastrea soft coral with acoel flatworms. The coral is soft pink and it has its polyps retracted. Not a happy sight ... Acoel Flatworm,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring,Waminoa brickneri" /></a></figure> Acoel Flatworm,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring,Waminoa brickneri Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Acoel Flatworms (Waminoa brickneri) on Fungia coral

Diver's lodge House Reef, Lembeh.
These worms can infect corals in large numbers (see also next spotting) and harm their host by shading and by destroying the protective mucus layer, reducing the coral defenses. So no good news to see many of these on a coral.
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00338-012-0919-7

Acoel Flatworm (Waminoa brickneri) in Tubastrea coral Kapal Indah, Lembeh.<br />
Another case of massive infestation of a Tubastrea soft coral with acoel flatworms. The coral is soft pink and it has its polyps retracted. Not a happy sight ... Acoel Flatworm,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring,Waminoa brickneri

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Waminoa brickneri is a worm from the Convolutidae family, which belongs to the Acoelomorpha strain. While the majority of acoels live in marine sediments, some, usually identified as Waminoa sp., have been found associated with corals, living closely appressed to their external surfaces.

Similar species: Acoela
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Aug 6, 2018. Captured May 16, 2018 09:19 in Unnamed Road, Pasirpanjang, Lembeh Sel., Kota Bitung, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/5.6
  • 1/160s
  • ISO200
  • 14.41mm