Two slugs mating on the rain-wet cement doorstep at 18:42.
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I would tend towards Arion rufus for this one, given the bright orange fringe. See discussion at:
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Thanks for the advice. To be honest I was going round in circles with this one and was ultimately persuaded by â€œThe foot fringe is often paler and redder than the bodyâ€ from the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland website, relating to the Arion ater. The more I look into it, the more I edge closer to confusion over clarity. I remember when the only problems slugs presented were to the lettuces.
Yes, I agree they are confusing! Arion rufus has at times been treated as a subspecies or variety of Arion ater, and I don't think the Conch Soc website distinguishes them.
Lat/Lng: 51.718261846489, -3.8549888134003
OS grid ref: SN719037
A typical garden with grass, trees, bushes and paths. Road was built in the early twentieth century. Semi-rural location. Surrounding woodland extends to farmland. History of industry in the area.