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FIRST RECORD OF EXOTIC TERRESTRIAL FLATWORMS (TRICLADIDA: GEOPLANIDAE) BIPALIUM VAGUM AND DOLICHOPLANA STRIATA WITH CONFIRMATION OF PLATYDEMUS MANOKWARI IN JAMAICA

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: In recent years, there have been numerousreports of species of invasive predatory flatworms(Geoplanidae) across several islands of the Caribbean.Terrestrial planarians and their cocoons are believed tobe dispersed to new territories mainly through planttrades; the worms/cocoons may be accidentallytransmitted in the soil of potted plants or within thefoliage. The exotic terrestrial flatworm, Bipaliumkewense, was first reported in Jamaica in 1897 [1]. Later,the suspected sightings of Platydemus manokwari andBipalium vagum [2] were documented, in 2019 and 2020,respectively. Terrestrial flatworms were collected as partof a wider study of the epidemiology and transmission ofzoonotic parasite, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, inJamaica.

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