Fletchamia quinquelineata (Five-striped flatworm)

A single row of eyes contour the anterior tip, cluster antero-laterally in a lenticular aggregation, and continue posteriorly in a staggered sub-marginal row. Ground colour above presents considerable variation in colour ranging from pale yellow, nearly orange, dull olive green, ochreous-brown, reddish brown, and sometimes brick red. The dorsal surface is divided into six longitudial bands by five longitudinal stripes, that can also vary in colour from darker and more intense tint of the ground colour, from dark brown to almost black, warm brown or red. There is usually a very fine dark median line, bordered on either side by a narrow band of ground colour, external to which is usually paired slightly broader lateral stripes, each of which is bordered by an interval of ground colour, external to which are paired outermost brownish marginal stripes. Ventral surface white. Living specimens up to 100 mm long. A species characteristic of relatively dry habitats.

Fletchamia quinquelineata is listed in the following regions:

Canberra & Southern Tablelands  |  Southern Highlands  |  Albury, Wodonga  |  South Coast  |  New England

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