Deoceras sp.


The slug shown in images "A" and "B" was identified to genus with the help of Mark Hitchcox, an expert with the US Department of Agriculture. Identification to species requires dissection of the slug, but it is most likely a Deoceras laeve (Meadow Slug). It was about one inch long. The structure on the top and front part of the snail is called its mantle. Note the pattern on the back half of this mantle (B). It is called a "fingerprint" and helps to identify this genus. Image "C" id believed to be of the same species. 

Slugs are seldom seen in our two nature enters. The specimen (A,B) was photographed the end of October in Fontenelle Forest. The one in image "C" was taken in late May. Their abundance is unknown. 

The slugs are included here under Snails. Both are Gastropods.

Disclaimer: The content of NatureSearch is provided by dedicated volunteer Naturalists of Fontenelle Nature Association who strive to provide the most accurate information available. Contributors of the images retain their copyrights. The point of contact for this page is: Roland Barth.





© 2008 Fontenelle Forest. All Rights Reserved. | Website Design by REBEL INTERACTIVE