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Appearance of the S ug Testacella in a Flooded District

Nature volume 78, page 8 (07 May 1908) | Download Citation



SOME time ago I wrote to you to say that the remarkable slug Testacella occasionally appeared in large numbers on the surface of the ground in my garden. This phenomenon only occurs when the district is heavily flooded. The abnormal weather of the last half of April has brought severe floods out in many parts of the Thames valley, and yesterday, through the kindness of a friend who now occupies the house and garden referred to, I was able to collect about a hundred of these animals. I shall be pleased, therefore, to send specimens alive or preserved to those correspondents who wrote to me on the subject when my previous letter appeared in NATURE, whose addresses I have mislaid, unfortunately, while changing houses. I may add that it is only in this particular garden that I have seen these animals. What the conditions may be that cause the slugs to live there and not else where, so far as I know, in the neighbourhood, I am quite unable to suggest. They live too far down even in wet weather to be found during ordinary gardening operations.

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  1. Eton College, Bucks, May 3.

    • M. D. HILL


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