Check List 18(5): 925-935, doi: 10.15560/18.5.925
New records of invasive hammerhead flatworms (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae, Bipaliinae) from Mexico using a citizen science platform, with an identification key to the species found in North America
expand article infoManuel de Luna, Roberto García-Barrios§, Paola Valle§, Piter Kehoma Boll|
‡ Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Linares, Mexico§ Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico| Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, São Leopoldo, Brazil
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We present new records of the invasive hammerhead flatworms Bipalium kewense Moseley, 1878 and Bipalium vagum Jones & Sterrer, 2005 (Platyhelminthes, Geoplanidae, Bipaliinae) from several states in Mexico based on iNaturalist and two vouchered specimens. This represents for Mexico the first review of distribution records of this group and highlights the importance of citizen science in monitoring the distribution of these ecologically important invasive predators. Methods for the collection and preservation of hammerhead flatworms, as well as an identification key, are proposed.

Bipalium kewense, Bipalium vagum, Continenticola, Diversibipalium, Terricola, Tricladida