Fabulous Flatworms: A Guide to Marine Polyclads

Fabulous Flatworms - a guide to marine polyclads

Fabulous Flatworms: a guide to marine polyclads

Winner of the 2005 Whitley Award for Interactive Key


Fabulous Flatworms aims to increase the awareness and understanding of an important group of intriguing marine animals, the polyclad flatworms. Polyclads, which are almost exclusively marine, are simple, free-living flatworms belonging to Phylum Platyhelminthes, otherwise known for the notorious, parasitic tapeworms and flukes. Polyclads include some of the most flamboyant and colourful animals of the sea. As thin as a leaf and usually oval in shape, these animals may first catch your attention by their spectacular and obvious colour patterns. But do not confuse them with the equally vibrant and better known nudibranch molluscs!

At the core of Fabulous Flatworms is an innovative identification tool to some 400 species based on the highly distinctive patterns and colours of these extraordinary animals. Many are from the Indo-Pacific region, but other species from elsewhere in the world are also included. This resource also brings together information on the biology of flatworms, including eating habits, mimicry and penis-fencing, as well as practical information regarding polyclad flatworms as pests and methods of collection and preservation. Superbly illustrated with contributions from over 50 photographers, Fabulous Flatworms aims to promote further discussion, study and discovery. It has been created for all those fascinated by marine life.

About this CD ROM

Electronic series: ABRS Identification Series
Publishers: Australian Biological Resources Study/CSIRO Publishing
Year: 2005
Authors: L.Newman, L.Cannon
ISBN-10: 0 643 06964 X
ISBN-13: 978 0 643 06964 0

System requirements


Software: Media Player (for video content)
Operating system: Windows 98/NT(SP6)/ME/2000/XP; Pentium III 1GHz
System memory: 128mb RAM
Screen Resolution: SVGA monitor (800 × 600 or better)
CD ROM drive: 52×


Software: Quicktime (for video content)
Operating system: Macintosh 9.1/9.2 or MAC Classic for up to 10.3; Macintosh G3 350MHz
System memory: 128mb RAM
Screen Resolution: SVGA monitor (800 × 600 or better)
CD ROM drive: 52×

Note: This CD ROM is not networkable