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Lehmannia melitensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
clade limacoid clade
Superfamily: Limacoidea
Family: Limacidae
Subfamily: Limacinae
Genus: Lehmannia
16 species

Lehmannia is a genus of air-breathing land slugs in the family Limacidae, the keelback slugs. The genus is distributed in Europe and North Africa.[2]


These are narrow-bodied slugs up to 8 centimeters long. The mantle covers less than a third of the body length. They are cream-colored to brown or black, usually with at least two longitudinal stripes along the mantle. The sole of the foot is lightest in the middle. The penis is short compared to those of certain other slugs, and in shape it may be "tubular, baggy, or claviform" (club-shaped).[2] The mucus is watery.[2]


Most species live in mountain habitat, where they can be found on trees and rocks. They feed on lichens.[2]


There are about 16 species in the genus. Species include:[3]


  1. ^ (in German) Heynemann F. D. (1863). "Einige Mittheilungen der Schneckenzungen mit besonderer Beachtung der Gattung Limax". Malakozoologische Blätter 10: 200-216, Taf. II-III [= 2-3]. Cassel.
  2. ^ a b c d e Genus summary for Lehmannia. AnimalBase, last modified 24 July 2007, accessed 8 April 2012.
  3. ^ Species in genus Lehmannia. AnimalBase, accessed 12 August 2009.

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