07 December 2011

Observations of Deroceras laeve

One highlight of tonight's malacology-related activities at home was the filming of 3 individuals of the slug Deroceras laeve while they were having their meals.

The slugs, who had been starving for several days, were on a glass plate that I had coated with corn starch. They seemed to really enjoy the starchy meal. Here is a frame from a film footage of one of the slugs taken thru the glass and the starch layer.

The arrow #1 is pointing to the jaw, while the arrow #2 is, I believe, to the tip of the radula that the slug was using to scrape the starch off the glass.

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