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Chocolate Arion

Chocolate Arion
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Copyright: Morag Hamilton (lebois) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 3 N: 81] (236)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Molluscs
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Slugfest [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-24 9:18
Viewed: 4179
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was one of sixty three red slugs found the other evening, after the rain, near our compost heap. This one was ENORMOUS - easily 18 cms long. Whilst I know they are a pest to our garden and veggies I just couldn't resist a snap!

The Red Slug (Arion rufus; also known as the Chocolate Arion or the European red slug) is a large slug, characterised by its usually red or brown body and lack of a keel. At most, a full-grown Red Slug can extend to be approximately 18cm (7 inches) in length; although they usually only grow to be 7–10cm (2.7–3.9 inches) long.
The Red Slug typically lives in gardens, fields, or other wooded areas near human activity. It is most common in western and central Europe, as well as North America; in particular, southern British Columbia. The Red Slug originated in Europe.
Perhaps the Red Slug's most distinguishable feature is the placement of its respiratory pore just before the mid-point of its mantle. Like all slugs, the Red Slug moves relatively slow because they only have one muscular foot, which is mostly red with stripes.
The Red Slug, like all other slugs, uses two pairs of tentacles to sense its environment. The darkly-coloured upper pair, called optical tentacles, is used to sense light. The lower pair provide the Red Slug's sense of smell. Both pairs can be retract and extend themselves to avoid hazards, and, if lost, can be regrown.
Its genus, Arion, is derived from the name of the legendary Greek poet Arion. Its species name, rufus, is Latin for red. Although often red or brown, Arion rufus can also be greenish-brown, black, yellow, or orange.
Info: Wikipedia

Slight crop, sharpened, resixed & framed. Thanks for viewing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-24 10:40]

Hello Morag,
You made a fine sharp shot of your piece of chocolate. Most of all I like the lighting and colours.
Regards, Ivan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-24 14:12]

Great colours, light and details. This looks really fabulous - but I'm still not fond of them

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-25 8:04]

Hello Morag,
very good closeup. Very detailed and excellent sharpness. POV, colors and textures are great.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-08-26 21:07]

Première fois que je vois une telle limace. Elle porte bien son nom, de par sa couleur!
Excellente photo Macro avec plein de beaux et intéressants détails. Bonne lumière en plus.
Votre note est vraiment intéressante et m'a appris beaucoup. Merci Morag.

Morag we meet again!

Very nice shot, great perspective and spectacular colour!

I took the liberty to add this shot to my Themes


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