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Abstract

On the presence of the invasive planarian Obama nungara (Carbayo, Álvarez-Presas, Jones & Riutort, 2016) (Platyhelminthes: Geoplanidae) in an urban area in Belgium.

Abstract

This paper reports the first records of the invasive terrestrial planarian Obama nungara in Belgium. Since spring 2017, the species has frequently been found in Elsene, a municipality of the Brussels Capital Region (Belgium). It was observed for the first time on 15 June 2017 under stone floor tiles in a private courtyard in an urbanized area. Additional observations were made regularly, with a maximum of seven specimens observed on 5 January 2018. Information is also given on its morphological characteristics, molecular analysis, geographical distribution, habitat preferences and feeding habits.