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Encyclopedia > Great grey slug
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Great Grey Slug
Limax maximus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Order: Pulmonata
Suborder: Stylommatophora
Family: Limacidae
Genus: Limax
Species: L. maximus
Binomial name
Limax maximus
Linnaeus, 1758

The Great Grey Slug (Limax maximus; also known as the Tiger slug or the Spotted leopard slug) is the largest type of keeled slug, noted for its dark-spotted pale-grey body and the short keel on its rear. It can grow to be as long as 8 inches (0.20 metres) and mostly feeds on rotting plant matter and fungi. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2295x1530, 997 KB) Photo of Limax maximus, the Great Grey Slug. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria (coral, jellyfish, anenomes) Placozoa (trichoplax) Subregnum Bilateria (bilateral symmetry) Acoelomorpha (basal) Orthonectida (flatworms, echinoderms, etc. ... Classes Caudofoveata Aplacophora Polyplacophora - Chitons Monoplacophora Bivalvia - Bivalves Scaphopoda - Tusk shells Gastropoda - Snails and Slugs Cephalopoda - Squids, Octopuses, etc. ... Subclass Subclass Eogastropoda     Patellogastropoda Subclass Orthogastropoda   Superorder Cocculiniformia   Superorder Hot Vent Taxa     Neomphaolida   Superorder Vetigastropoda   Superorder Neritaemorphi     Neritopsina   Superorder Caenogastropoda     Architaenioglossa     Sorbeoconcha   Superorder Heterobranchia     Heterostropha     Opisthobranchia     Pulmonata The gastropods, gasteropods, or univalves, are the largest and most successful class of mollusks, with 60,000-75,000 extant species known, comprising... Suborders Systellommatophora Basommatophora Eupulmonata Taxonomy Order Pulmonata Cuvier in Blainville, 1814 (pulmonates) Suborder Systellommatophora Pilsbry, 1948 Superfamily Onchidioidea Rafinesque, 1815 Superfamily Otinoidea H. & A. Adams, 1855 Superfamily Rathouisioidea Sarasin, 1889 Suborder Basommatophora Keferstein in Bronn, 1864 (freshwater pulmonates, pond snails) Superfamily Acroloxoidea Thiele, 1931 Superfamily Amphiboloidea J.E. Gray, 1840... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... Carolus Linnaeus Carl Linnaeus, also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné â–¶(?), and in English usually under the Latinized name Carolus Linnaeus (May 23, 1707 – January 10, 1778), was a Swedish botanist who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of taxonomy. ... SLUG is an acronym for S* Linux Users Group, where S* stands for any word starting with an S like Speed, Sleepless, Super, Satanic, Sexy, Sacred, Simbiotic, Special, Senior, Socket, Simple, and so forth. ... A keel is a large beam around which the hull of a ship is built. ... Divisions Chytridiomycota Zygomycota Ascomycota Basidiomycota The Fungi (singular: fungus) are a large group of organisms ranked as a kingdom within the Domain Eukaryota. ...


The Great Grey Slug is almost always found near human habitation — usually in cellars or in other damp areas. Its mating habits are also considered unusual among slugs — the hermaphrodite slugs court – usually for hours – by circling and licking each other. After this, the slugs will climb into a tree or other high area and then, entwined together, lower themselves on a thick string of mucus and exchange sperm. Both participants will later lay hundreds of eggs. It has been suggested that Copulation be merged into this article or section. ... The 1st-century BC sculpture The Reclining Hermaphrodite, in the Museo Palazzo Massimo Alle Terme in Rome In zoology, a hermaphrodite is an organism of a species whose members possess both male and female sexual organs during their lives. ... Mucus is a slippery secretion of the lining of various membranes in the body (mucous membranes). ... The signifier sperm can refer to: (mass noun, from Greek sperma = seed) a substance which consists of spermatozoa and which is a component of semen (mass noun) semen itself (informally, count noun with plural sperm or sperms) a single spermatozoon (= sperm cell) sperma ceti (Latin ceti, genitive of cetus = whale...


A Great Grey Slug will live for approximately three years.


See also

Yellow Slugs can grow to be as long as 10 centimeters. ... Species Ariolimax californicus Ariolimax columbianus Ariolimax dolichophallus The banana slug is a mollusk of the genus Ariolimax. ...

References

  • The Wildlife Trusts; retrieved March 26, 2005.
  • Stuart M. Bennett, 2000; Great Grey Slugs; retrieved March 26, 2005.

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Slug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (685 words)
Slugs are gastropods without shells or with very small shells (often which are internal), in contrast with snails from which they share a common ancestor, which have a prominent shell.
Other slugs are found on land, but their soft, slimy bodies are prone to desiccation, so they are confined to moist environments.
Slugs produce two types of mucus: one which is thin and watery, and another which is thick and sticky.
Great Grey Slug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (219 words)
The Great Grey Slug (Limax maximus; also known as the Tiger slug or the Spotted leopard slug) is the largest type of keeled slug, noted for its dark-spotted pale-grey body and the short keel on its rear.
Its mating habits are also considered unusual among slugs the hermaphrodite slugs court – usually for hours – by circling and licking each other.
After this, the slugs will climb into a tree or other high area and then, entwined together, lower themselves on a thick string of mucus and exchange sperm.
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