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Arion rufus

Arion rufus
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Copyright: Mn Gl (marjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-13
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-04 1:33
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Arion rufus or "red Spanish slag".
At most, a full-grown red slug can extend to be approximately 18 cm (7 in) in length; although they usually only grow to be 710 cm (2.73.9 in) long.
Its genus, Arion, is derived from the name of the legendary Greek poet Arion. Its species name, rufus, is Latin for red. Although very often brick-red or brown in coloration, Arion rufus can also be greenish-brown, black, yellow, or orange.

Head-on view of red slug

Red slug on rhubarb in a garden

Copulating pair and a third party

Egg cluster surrounded by earth
Perhaps the red slug's most noticeable feature is the placement of its pneumostome just before the mid-point of its mantle. Like all slugs, the red slug moves relatively slowly, using the muscular contractions of the underside of its 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 retract and extend themselves to avoid hazards, and, if lost to an accident or predation, can be regrown.

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