Veronicella cubensis

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Veronicella cubensis
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A live individual of Veronicella cubensis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Panpulmonata
clade Eupulmonata
clade Systellommatophora

Superfamily: Veronicelloidea
Family: Veronicellidae
Genus: Veronicella
Species: V. cubensis
Binomial name
Veronicella cubensis
(L. Pfeiffer, 1840)
Synonyms[2]
  • Onchidium sp. Pfeiffer, 1839
  • Onchidium cubense Pfeiffer, 1840
  • Vaginulus cubensis Pfeiffer

Veronicella cubensis, common name the Cuban slug, is a species of air-breathing land slug, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Veronicellidae, the leatherleaf slugs.

Distribution[edit]

This species occurs in countries and areas including:

This species is already established in the USA, and is considered to represent a potentially serious threat as a pest, an invasive species which could negatively affect agriculture, natural ecosystems, human health or commerce. Therefore it has been suggested that this species be given top national quarantine significance in the USA.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ IUCN (2007). 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 7 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b Maceira D. F. (2003). "Las especies de la familia Veronicellidae (Mollusca, Soleolifera) en Cuba". Revista de Biología Tropical 51(3): 453-461. PDF.
  3. ^ Mc Donnell et al. (2008). "A record of the invasive slug Veronicella cubensis (Pfeiffer, 1840) in California".
  4. ^ Robinson D. G., Hovestadt A., Fields A. & Breure A. S. H. (July 2009). "The land Mollusca of Dominica (Lesser Antilles), with notes on some enigmatic or rare species". Zoologische Mededelingen 83 http://www.zoologischemededelingen.nl/83/nr03/a13
  5. ^ Cowie R. H., Dillon R. T., Robinson D. G. & Smith J. W. (2009). "Alien non-marine snails and slugs of priority quarantine importance in the United States: A preliminary risk assessment". American Malacological Bulletin 27: 113-132. PDF.