Friends in My Garden- 54

Slimy Slugs

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Mariaella sp:

Not many may like these slimy critters, except the naturalists among you! These are residents in my garden.
Mariaella is a genus of air-breathing land slugs and a gastropod (the base of the stomach used as ‘foot’). A mantle replaces the shell, covering almost all dorsal side.

The Tropical Leatherleaf (Laevicaulis alte) is another land slug; a dark-coloured mollusk with no shell, 7 or 8 cm long. The tentacles are small, 3-4 mm long. It is believed to be an introduced species and invasive. It lives in dry areas and has several adaptations for dry conditions, though very active during wet seasons.

These common slugs of Karnataka are found in human-dominated areas.
They feed on vegetation and can be serious pests to horticultural crops. However, I haven’t seen much damage done to my garden plants by them.

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Tropical Leatherleaf- resting

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On the move (above two)

 

23 thoughts on “Friends in My Garden- 54

  1. It has been so dry here that I haven’t seen a slug for a while. (Just the odd tiny one under plant pots.) We do get snails though…wonder if they can survive drought better?

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