Species

Arion ater

Family

Arionidae

Species Category

Fauna - Molluscs - Native

Distribution

Common and widespread throughout Scotland and the UK.

Habitat

Occurs in most terrestrial habitats, including grasslands, hedgerows and woodlands.

Similar Taxa

There are two closely-related species - Arion rufus and Arion lusitanicus - but they can only be distinguished from the black slug by dissection. However, those other species are only found in southern UK so when on Mull it is relatively easy to identify Arion ater.

This page last updated on 18 Jan 2015