Jul 29, 2009

Slugs Galore

I've been remiss in getting my posts out on time. I've been a busy little monkey, and the uglies have been neglected. But you'll be seeing catch-up posts rolling out very soon (like today). To compensate for my tardiness, here's a smorgasbord of slugs, myriad mollusks of the land-dwelling, shell-less variety.

Slugs come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors, and this post is a tribute to them. The whole shell-less thing has developed independently at a variety of times and in a variety of locations. So, though these slugs all look very similar in shape, they are not nearly as related as you might think.

First we have a Carpathian blue slug (Bielzia coerulans). You'll also see some banana slugs, and in the end, two photos of hermaphroditic slugs who should have had the decency to find a room.

Photo source: Gábor Kovács

Photo source: Andy Hay

Photo source: Jim Whitehead

Photo source: Per Ola

Photo source: S. Shepherd

Photo source: David J.

Photo source: Christine

source: notratcheted

Photo source: Christopher, Tania, and Isabelle


niner said...

Last photo is beautiful; were they posed like that for the photo shoot? =P The blue slug is actually quite pretty and for some reason reminds me of a mushroom.

Sabina E. said...

wicked awesome, I didn't know that slugs come in all sorts of colors. I also like the blue slug as well =)

linty said...

Awesome. I just noticed for the first time last weekend that they open a hole in their side...I'm guessing to breathe? It's a huge hole in one of the pictures you posted.

Raging Wombat said...

Yep, that's their breathing hole.

Anonymous said...

linty- That hole is called a pneumostome. Land-dwelling slugs and snails use it to breathe. They can open and close it.

Unknown said...

I love the Ying/Yang couple. The colors are even correct.

bats :[ said...

Ah, the Carpathian Blue (an excellent slug), not to be confused with the Norwegian Blue (a dead parrot).

Raging Wombat said...

He's not dead! He's pining for the fjords!

Kovács Gábor said...

Thanks for posting my slug-pic!

Raging Wombat said...

Thank you, Kovács.