Testacella maugei

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Testacella maugei
Testacella maugei.JPG
Testacella maugei in the contracted state. The small shell of the animal is visible on the posterior end, here on the left.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Stylommatophora
informal group Sigmurethra

Superfamily: Testacelloidea
Family: Testacellidae
Genus: Testacella
Species: T. maugei
Binomial name
Testacella maugei
Férussac, 1819.[1]

Testacella maugei is a species of air-breathing, carnivorous land slug, a terrestrial gastropod mollusk in the family Testacellidae, the shelled slugs. [2]

Testacella haliotidea , Testacella scutulum and Testacella maugei Plate from John W. Taylor Monograph of the land & freshwater Mollusca of the British Isles


On back and sides brownish and darker, with some brown and yellowish spots, near the foot yellowish with greenish or orange hue.The shape is conical when crawling (anterior part wider than posterior part, posterior part truncated). The points of origin of the lateral grooves about 5 mm apart at mantle, not joined. Sole yellowish. The shell rudiment is located on the posterior section of dorsum, almost parallel and large, with its apex pointing downwards and the basal end of the aperture pointing upside. It is greenish or brownish with 2 whorls and a keeled suture. Animal 6–12 cm, shell 13-17 x 7-11 x 3.5-3.5 (height) mm.[3]


Morocco (Atlantic coast) Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Portugal, Spain, Channel Islands, France (Atlantic coast) and the British Isles (Britain and Ireland)[4]


  1. ^ Férussac, A. E. J. P. J. F. d'Audebard de & Deshayes, G.-P. 1819-1851. Histoire naturelle générale et particulière des mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles, tant des espèces que l'on trouve aujourd'hui vivantes, que des dépouilles fossiles de celles qui n'existent plus; classés d'après les caractères essentiels que présentent ces animaux et leurs coquilles. - pp. Tome 1: 8 + 184 pp.; Tome 2 (1): [1-3], 1-402; 2 (2): 1-260, 1-22, [1-2], i-xvi [= 1-16]; Atlas 1: 70 pl.; Atlas 2: 166 + 5 pl.J.-B. Bailliere, Paris.
  2. ^ Marshall, B. (2014). Testacella maugei Férussac, 1819. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=819975 on 2014-11-06
  3. ^ Animalbase (Welter-Schultes)
  4. ^ Fauna Europaea
  • Spencer, H.G., Marshall, B.A. & Willan, R.C. (2009). Checklist of New Zealand living Mollusca. Pp 196-219 in Gordon, D.P. (ed.) New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume one. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch.

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