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Yellow slug

Observed: 14th August 2009 By: hcafc1960hcafc1960’s reputation in Invertebrateshcafc1960’s reputation in Invertebrateshcafc1960’s reputation in Invertebrates
Yellow slug
Description:

Approx 50mm long

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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hcafc1960's picture

I didn't know slugs could be

I didn't know slugs could be so complicated! Looked on E of L at yellow slug and saw a dark coloured one, so obviously I shouldn't jump to conclusions by the colour. I will put images on here and let the more learned people help me. Thanks Jason.

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Arion

This is an species of Arion rather than Limax - Limax slugs have a keel along the top of the body, running from the tail end about two-thirds of the way up to the mantle (the 'saddle' on the front half of the body). Also, the mantle in Limax has fingerprint-like ridges on it, rather than the more granular texture shown here for Arion. Also (but not visible in the photo because it is on the right-hand side of the slug) the pneumostome ('breathing hole') of Arion slugs is nearer the front of the mantle than the back (vice-versa for Limax).

At 50mm this would only be about half-grown for Arion ater or one of its close relatives, so not possible for me to suggest a species.

See further discussion of the difficulties of Arion slugs at:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/3297

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