Deroceras agreste

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Deroceras agreste
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Deroceras cf. agreste
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Drawing of Deroceras agreste
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
clade Limacoid clade
Superfamily: Limacoidea
Family: Agriolimacidae
Genus: Deroceras
Species: D. agreste
Binomial name
Deroceras agreste

Deroceras agreste is a species of air-breathing land slug in the family Agriolimacidae. Its common names include field slug, grey field slug, milky slug,[1] and northern field slug.[2]

Description[edit]

This slug is up to 5 centimeters long. It is pale brown, tan,[1] "buff or oatmeal-coloured",[2] with a darker head and tentacles. There are no obvious body markings. The sole of the foot is white. The mucus is clear, but when disturbed, the sole produces a white mucus.[1]

This species lives in moist grassy and marshy habitat types. It feeds on dead and living plant material, and is sometimes an agricultural pest on crops such as lettuce. Its lifespan is about one year.[1]

Distribution[edit]

This species is native to Asia and northern and central Europe.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Deroceras agreste. Terrestrial Mollusc Tool.
  2. ^ a b Deroceras (Deroceras) agreste (Linnaeus 1758), Northern field slug. MolluscIreland. National Museums Northern Ireland. 2010.