Australian Museum Journal The reproductive organs of Geoplana sanguinea Moseley

Shortform:
Fyfe, 1948, Rec. Aust. Mus. 22(1): 64–66
Author(s):
Fyfe, Marion L.
Year published:
1948
Title:
The reproductive organs of Geoplana sanguinea Moseley
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
22
Issue:
1
Start page:
64
End page:
66
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.22.1948.590
Language:
English
Date published:
30 June 1948
Cover date:
30 June 1948
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
PLANARIA
Digitized:
20 May 2009
Reference number:
590
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (131kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (460kb PDF)

Abstract

In a description of New Zealand land planarians Dendy (1896) identified several specimens as G. sanguine, which he considered had been introduced into New Zealand from Australia, where it is endemic. Nevertheless, Dendy was a little doubtful of his identification, as he goes on to say: There is some difficulty in distinguishing between this species and G. triangulata var. australis.

In a collection of New Zealand land planarians received on loan from the British Museum for the study of the internal anatomy there was one specimen collected at Invercargill, N.Z., and labelled by Dendy G. sanguinea. From its internal structure this specimen proved to be an immature G. triangulata var. australis, now Artioposthia australis. In order to compare this with the real G. sanguinea the writer applied for material to the Director of the Australian Museum, Sydney, and was kindly given a selection of specimens of that worm.