Antiponemertes allisonae   (Moore)


 
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Menzies Bay Terrestrial Ribbon Worm
(Antiponemertes allisonae)

 
syn. Geonemertes allisonae (Gibson & Moore)

 
distribution:

New Zealand: Banks Peninsula / South Island

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 1 cm (length)

extinction date: (?)

 
This species is a terrestrial, about 1 cm long and 0,1 cm wide nemertine worm with a mottled brown upside and relative large eyes.

This ribbon worm was obviously always confined to a single place, Menzies Bay on the Banks Peninsula. There the worm could be found under fallen logs and treeferns, in places that would have to be not to damp but also not to dry.

The former habitat of this species is now largely destroyed due to shrub clearance but also by intensive grazing by, in New Zealand omnipresent, sheep as well as by introduced deer.

Searches, last in the year 1988, ended without any results.

 
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