Philomycus carolinianus

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Philomycus carolinianus
Drawing of Philomycus carolinianus from W. G. Binney, 1878[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra
Superfamily: Arionoidea
Family: Philomycidae
Genus: Philomycus
Species: P. carolinianus
Binomial name
Philomycus carolinianus
(Bosc, 1802)

Philomycus carolinianus, common name the Carolina mantleslug, is a species of land slug, a terrestrial gastropod mollusk in the family Philomycidae.


These slugs create and use love darts as part of their mating behavior.[3] The dart of Philomycus carolinianus is thick and curved.[4]


  1. ^ Binney, William G. (1878). The Terrestrial Air-Breathing Mollusks of the United States and Adjacent Territories of North America. Vol. 5 (plates). Bull. Mus. Comparative Zool., Harvard. Plate 63.
  2. ^ IUCN 2007. 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>. Downloaded on 6 October 2008.
  3. ^ Tompa A. S. (1980). "The ultrastructure and mineralogy of the dart from Philomycus carolinianus (Pulmonata: Gastropoda) with a brief survey of the occurrence of darts in land snails". Veliger 23: 35-42.
  4. ^ "Snail's Tales" blog of Aydin Örstan

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