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Flatworms (Platyhelminthes)

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 70 flatworm (Platyhelminthe) specimens. These date from 1909 to 2007.

This collection contains around 50 turbellarians in spirit. It includes specimens of the New Zealand flatworm (Arthurdendyus triangulatus), a common alien pest species. Many of the other specimens are part of the JB Gray collection, and almost all were collected in Britain. There are about five tapeworms in the collection, all of which are in spirit and all from locations in the UK, including worms from a Soay sheep. There are a few specimens of flukes in spirit, most of which are liver flukes from pigs. In addition, there are a few models made for display purposes, which include some of New Zealand flatworms and around 10 glass models made by Blaschka from the 1909 Mason collection. The collection further contains field notes from the JB Gray collection.

There are approximately 13,000 species worldwide of Platyhelminthes or ‘flatworms’. They are the simplest of all bilaterally symmetrical animals and have no blood or circulatory systems. Most are parasitic, such as tapeworms and flukes, although some are free living turbellarians.