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Representative Freshwater Flatworm
Photo © 2004 Arlo Pelegrin, TFREC, Washington State University.
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Flatworms

Dugesia

Flatworms are enigmatic little creatures that live (sparingly) under pond detritus and (abundantly) in spring runs. Flatworms, while lacking anything that even remotely resembles a brain, can be taught to run simple mazes. Interestingly, investigators involved in flatworm education have discovered that should an educated flatworm be ground up and fed to its uneducated brethren the uneducated (but now well-fed) flatworms are able to run the maze just as if they had learned it themselves. I don't know what this means but I feel it's one of those facts that everyone should know...

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