Arion vulgaris Moquin-Tandon, 1855 – the aetiology of an invasive species

Kamila S. Zając, e-mail:

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków, Poland

Maria Gaweł, e-mail:

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków, Poland

Anna Filipiak, e-mail:

Institute of Plant Protection - National Research Institute, Węgorka 20, 60-318 Poznań, Poland

Paulina Kramarz, e-mail:

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków, Poland

Arion vulgaris Moquin-Tandon, 1855 is ranked among the hundred most invasive species in Europe. Its native range is not known for certain. For many years, it was believed that the slug came from south-western Europe and began its spread over 40 years ago in the Iberian Peninsula, but recent molecular data suggest that it is native to Central Europe. Here we present a review of its biology, nomenclature, distribution, characteristics, control methods and status. We discuss potential reasons for the great success of A. vulgaris, considering various hypotheses which may explain its invasiveness

Key words
Arion vulgaris; invasive species; review; slugs

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