Hedgehog Slug

Arion intermedius

Summary 2

Arion intermedius is a species of land slug in the family Arionidae, the roundback slugs. It is known commonly as the hedgehog slug, hedgehog arion, or glade slug. It is native to Western Europe, and it is known as an introduced species in many other regions, including North America, Australia, New Zealand, North Africa, South Africa, and the Pacific Islands.

Morphology 3

External: Yellow-white to gray-white body, sometimes with light bands on sides; dark tentacles; tubercles prickly/conical when contracted; yellow-gray sole; yellow mucus; (Kerney & Cameron 1979).

Internal: Dark ovotestis; short spermoviduct; rounded spermatheca, duct very short with a wide base; very short atrium that is internally smooth (Quick 1960).

Eggs: 2 x 1.5-2 mm, opaque white with calcareous spots, laid in summer and fall (Quick 1960).

Juveniles: 4 mm long at hatching, pigmented as adults (Quick 1960).

Habitat 4

Habitat Type: Terrestrial

Comments: This slug is often locally abundant in pastures, hedgerows, plantation forests, and in native forests. It can penetrate deep into undisturbed forest from areas disturbed by humans (Barker, 1999).

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) James K. Lindsey, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Arion.intermedius.-.lindsey.jpg
  2. Adapted by Ken-ichi Ueda from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arion_intermedius
  3. Adapted by Ken-ichi Ueda from a work by (c) Paustian, Megan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://eol.org/data_objects/17764932
  4. Adapted by Ken-ichi Ueda from a work by (c) NatureServe, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://eol.org/data_objects/28914791

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iNat Map

Establishment introduced
Slug or snail slug