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Arion lusitanicus

Arion lusitanicus
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Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-18
Categories: Molluscs
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 4:40
Viewed: 4056
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Spanish slug (Arion lusitanicus) was making its way along the little garden in front of the house where we stayed at in France during our holdiday.

From wikipedia:

The Spanish slug, more commonly known in English-speaking countries under its Latin name, Arion lusitanicus, is a highly invasive slug species that is often considered a pest in areas where it is not indigenous, and often in places where it is.

The species originates from the Iberian Peninsula, although it is noticed far more often in northern parts of Europe, where it was first discovered in the mid-1900s. The animal is about the same size as its relative, the black slug, growing to a maximum size of about 12 cm. Leopard dots are a characteristic feature, albeit not present among all individuals.

The local name of the slug in the regions it has invaded is typically a translation of "Spanish slug." In recent years, as its dominance has increased, it has been nicknamed "killer slug", perhaps due to its tendency to eat dead or weaker individuals of the species, although its destructive impact on gardens may seem just as appropriate a reason for the name.

The main reason behind problematic invasions of gardens by the Spanish slug is that it is a hermaphrodite, meaning that one single slug can start an infestation. Offspring numbering up to 100 eggs may be produced. Bad export control may also be a cause, as the main route for the slugs to spread is through careless handling of imported produce from Spain and Portugal.

In recent years, it has been found that the Spanish slug has bred with the indigenous black slug to produce a more frost-resistant variety in more northerly regions.

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  • eev Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 33 N: 66] (756)
  • [2007-10-06 5:00]

A repulsive individual.. very well shown with great color and detail.

Hello Nel,

I know slugs are not very romantic but you have made this a memorable shot! Lovely sharpness and detail! I really like the way you have captured it traversing an obstacle! My compliments!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-06 8:12]

Hi Nel.
This animal is not the a favorite for many people. I am among them but I like photography and nature and have few similar shots. I like POV and "eye-contact" this little creature, superb details and sharpness of the main subject (greater part of the body, ground and vegetation (including moss) at FG. Well done and TFS.

I think if you could get a lower point of chot would gave a longer BG, and also showing the details more dramatically.
Best regards,

I had posted this one a long time ago. I had called it "FEMALE FOREVER".
Loved your notes.
Excellent CLARITY. Good job.
M. from Canada with warm greetings.

Hello Nel,
Good details have been captured in this unpopular fellow!
Garden owners around here isn't very friendly, I'm afraid...
Subject has been well framed with fine natural colours!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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