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Notocomplana acticola (Boone, 1929)
Phylum Platyhelminthes, Class "Turbellaria," Order Polycladida, Suborder Acotylea, Family Leptoplanidae

Flatworm, to 60 mm long (most < 30 mm) with tapering body; tan to pale gray with dk. brown markings near midline.

Most common intertidal flatworm; under rocks, lower portion of high to mid-intertidal zones; exposed & protected outer coast; very photonegative. Preys on small limpets, barnacles & other invertebrates.

Geo Range: California coast
Synonyms: Notoplana acticola
Similar species: numerous spp. of flatworms live on rocky shores, but most are rare or cryptic.