Second survey of New Guinea flatworms in national parks ordered

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has ordered all units under its supervision to conduct another survey to find out whether there are New Guinea flatworms in their areas.

Initial survey conducted by officials in all national parks and wildlife sanctuaries at the order of the department did not locate any New Guinea flatworms in the parks or wildlife sanctuaries.

Results of the new survey will be sent to the Forest Entomology Research Centre to be used as part of the database to map out plan for the prevention and control of the invasive flatworms.

The database will also be used to educate the people so they have a better understanding of the flatworms.

For the time being, the Forest Entomology Research Centre has issued leaflets about New Guinea flatworms to be disseminated to the public. Anyone who stumbles on the flatworms or has doubt about the worms they found can notify the Forest Conservation Research Office via Facebook or through line: @gbw4880w.