10 Facts about the Spanish Slug you probably did not know

Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris), popularly known as mördarsnigel, is a species in the family arionidae. With very high probability you have several evenings gone and picked up these little slimy creatures from your garden, or perhaps almost slipped on when you are out walking. It is the gardener’s greatest enemy, and it never seems to be fewer of them – how many men than picks! Here are ten facts you should know about something that thrive in your garden, where it is more than happy to destroy!

 10 Facts about the Spanish Slug you probably did not know 

01) The Spanish slugs feed on carrion and dead and live plants .

02)  The fact that the spread passively by eggs and snails accompany shipments of plants, soil and garden waste, it has introduced and established itself far beyond its original range, and when in many places appear invasive, it has become a scourge for growers and the gardens. Nicknamed mördarsnigel will, however, mainly due to the exercise of cannibalism .

Spanish slug


06) The first recorded discovery in Sweden was in 1975 in PÃ¥arp near Helsingborg. The next year was seen Spanish slug in Askim in Gothenburg.

07) The summers in 1984 and 1985 was rainy in the Gothenburg area and it was from there that the very first reports of large numbers and severe damage of vegetation were reported.

08) 1988 came the first reports of the species from the Stockholm area , and from the beginning of the 1990s it began to establish themselves along the Baltic coast . Today it is available in most places in southern and central Sweden and also along the coast of Norrland, where finds have been found all the way up to Umeå .

Spanish slug

09) snail brownish-red color is due to pigment Rufin formed in glandular cells in the skin and can be secreted by the snail slime .

10) When the Spanish slug is highly variable in appearance, and appearance is also nearly identical to the red slug requires anatomical studies to really determine the snigelart involved. As an example, in the order of 1200 copies of the public sent in during the 1980s to the Gothenburg Natural History Museum, in the belief that it was the Spanish slug, was only about 40% of the species.

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