"The New Zealand flatworm (Arthurdendyus triangulatus sensu Jones
& Gerard, 1999), was first recorded in the UK in Belfast
(1963) and shortly afterwards in Edinburgh (1965), but is now widely
distributed throughout much of Scotland, Northern Ireland and, to a lesser
extent northern England (Cannon et al., 1999). In Scotland, A.
triangulatus occurs predominantly in botanical and domestic gardens, and
currently is not generally considered to be a problem on agricultural land. In
Northern Ireland it is found in domestic gardens but also appears to have
colonized grass leys in many localities.
However, its impact on earthworm populations remains ambiguous, with evidence
of numbers in areas with large NZF populations being reduced temporarily before
recovering to levels recorded prior to invasion. Other studies have suggested a
differential susceptibility of earthworm species to A. triangulatus
predation, with recovering populations exhibiting an altered species profile.
Results of a large-scale survey of earthworms and A. triangulatus
populations in grass fields in Northern Ireland has shown a marked increase in
occurrence of NZF's, particularly in field margins (Murchie et al., 1999; Cannon et al., 1999)." - Queens University report