An unusual mode of locomotion of an Ecuadorean slug Belocaulus sp. (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Vaginulidae)

Andrzej Wiktor, e-mail: Stawarczyk

Museum of Natural History, Wrocław University, Sienkiewicza 21, 50-335 Wrocław, Poland

Tadeusz Stawarczyk, e-mail: Sienkiewicza 21

Museum of Natural History, Wrocław University, Sienkiewicza 21, 50-335 Wrocław, Poland
Abstract

A slug of the genus Belocaulus can lower itself on a mucus thread from the height of almost 3m, likea spider on a spider thread.

Key words
Belocaulus; Vaginulidae; mucus; locomotion
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Folia Malacologica (2011) 19: 277-278
First published on-line: 2011-12-11 00:00:00
http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/v10125-011-0007-6
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