05 February 2009

The shell of Limax maximus

As promised in this post, here is a picture of the vestigial shell of the slug Limax maximus.

LimaxMaximusShell

I cut along the back border of the mantle and then folded it over. The head of the slug is to the right. The shell sits under the mantle in a chamber called the shell sac. Immediately under the shell is the lung. I believe the spongy tissue under the shell and opposite to the lung in the picture is the kidney. The scale is in millimeters.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very nice Aydin, thank you. It's very clear and plain to see. I had not seen that, the shell of Limax in place before. Good photograph.

Susan J. Hewitt