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Citizen Scientists Discover New Slug in Los Angeles

In November, three citizen scientists reported observations to our @NHMLA SLIME project of a handsome looking slug, known as the garden arion, in three different neighborhoods of Los Angeles. No one had ever recorded these slugs in L.A. before! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/citizen-scientists-discover-new-slug-los-angeles

The garden arion is a smallish slug, measuring between 40- 50 millimeters – a little less than half the length of a ballpoint pen. It has a blue/black body, a bumpy mantle (a cape-like fleshy covering near the head), and an amazingly yellow/orange underside (a.k.a. foot). From this foot it makes yellow slime!

Garden arion slugs include two species found in California, Arion hortensis and Arion distinctus. Both are originally from Europe and have been found as invasive species throughout much of North America, where they are associated with ...more ↓

Posted on January 04, 2016 04:17 PM by jannvendetti jannvendetti | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Snails and slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments (SLIME) is a citizen science project that aims to catalogue the biodiversity of terrestrial gastropods (land snails and slugs) in Southern California. The Natural History Museum’s collection of land snails includes thousands of specimens from locations throughout the Southern California region and spans the last 100 years. However, not much ...more ↓

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