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Watch a slug use a thin thread of slime as a slide to reach the ground


A striped subject slug (Lehmannia nyctelia) descending a mucus thread

John Gould & Jose W Valdez

Slugs are usually content material to lazily munch backyard greens, however one of these torpid molluscs has lately been noticed taking to the air, descending vertically down a string of slime like a spider dangling from a line of silk.

The discovery represents a new sort of locomotion by no means seen earlier than in slugs.

John Gould, an ecologist at the University of Newcastle in Australia, was conducting fieldwork on frogs on Kooragang Island, New South Wales, when he discovered a striped subject slug (Lehmannia nyctelia) …

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