Comments: Known as "Red Pest" occasionally occuring in seawater aquaria the members of the indo-pacific genus Waminoa can colonialize corals within a very short period of time. The gutless flatworms (Order: Acoela) are able to do so, because they contain endosymbionts (Dinoflagellates) which perform photosynthesis and share their assimilates (sugars) with their partner. Under favorable conditions (light!) simple vegetative division is preferred for reproduction.
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Genus Waminoa
Species sp.
Authority -
Family Haploposthiidae
Order Acoela
Location Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia
Size about 5 mm
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