Kenkia glandulosa

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Kenkia glandulosa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Platyhelminthes
Order: Tricladida
Family: Kenkiidae
Genus: Kenkia
K. glandulosa
Binomial name
Kenkia glandulosa
(Hyman 1956)
  • Macrocotyla glandulosa Hyman, 1956
  • Macrocotyla glandularis Hyman, 1956

Kenkia glandulosa, the pink planarian, is a flatworm in the family Kenkiidae.[2] It is found only in the Devil's Icebox cave in Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in Boone County, Missouri, USA. The rarity of this species was once used as an argument to prevent the construction of a shopping mall in the area.[3]: 83 

The species is an eyeless and de-pigmented flatworm that lives on the undersides of rocks. It is currently a species of conservation concern in the state of Missouri.[4]


  1. ^ "Kenkia glandulosa (Hyman, 1956)". Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  2. ^ Kawakatsu, M.; Mitchell, R. W. (1981). "Redescription of Kenkia rhynchida, a troglobitic planarian from Oregon, and a reconsideration of the family Kenkiidae and its genera (Turbellaria , Tricladida, Paludicola)". Annot. Zool. Japonensis. 54: 125–141.
  3. ^ Díaz, Aldemaro Romero; Romero, Aldemaro (2009-07-23). Cave Biology: Life in Darkness. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-82846-8.
  4. ^ "Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)". Missouri Department of Conservation.