On Thursday September 25 slug expert Ulrich Schneppat visited QUBS to help document our terrestrial gastropods and search for the charismatic
introduced Giant Garden Slug (Limax maximus). This is apparently the first survey of slugs ever done at QUBS.
Despite rather dry weather we did manage to find and collect 11 specimens from two genera. We began our search before dark by flipping logs which produced all sorts of other invertebrates but only a single Arion slug. After sunset things changed and we found numerous large specimens of both Arion and Philomycus. We did not find any Limax maximus but slime trails high up some tree trunks made Ulrich suspicious that L. maximus or another introduced species from the family Limacidae may be present at QUBS.
Identifying Arion and Philomycus slugs beyond genus requires dissection. Ulrich and the staff of the Bishops Mills Natural History Centre will diagnose our specimens and report the species to us at a later date.
I have just uploaded another species account by doctoral candidate Kat Stewart to our burgeoning (is 3 the beginning of a burgeon?) list, this time on the lovely treefrog, the spring peeper. Check it out | here |.
Over the next few months you should see a spate of new species account chapters posted here as we are in the process of reviewing and editing accounts for two fogs, and two snakes. Later in the fall we hope that additional accounts will become available but for the time being enjoy the latest account by Cory Toth on the black-capped chickadee.