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Busting The Invasion Myth Of The Spanish Slug
2014-06-19 03:34:09

Biodiversität und Klima - Forschungszentrum Spanish slugs (Arion lusitanicus) are one of the most common slug species in Central Europe. The animals sometimes nicknamed “killer slugs” are known to do their fair share of damage in fields and gardens. The slug was thought to have originated in Southern Europe. However researchers of the German Biodiversity and Climate Centre and the Goethe University now found out that the prime example of an invasive species is originally from Central...

2013-09-19 23:29:41

Day two of the Microsoft Dynamics SL Users Group Conference; Sessions on the agenda include “Service Dispatch in a Nutshell (All I Need to Know in 50 Minutes)”, presented by FieldConnect, Inc. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 19, 2013 It is day two of the Microsoft Dynamics SL Users Group (DSLUG) Conference; Sessions on the agenda include “Service Dispatch in a Nutshell (All I Need to Know in 50 Minutes)”, presented by FieldConnect, Inc. The annual DSLUG Conference is the best...

Hot Pink Slugs Discovered
2013-05-31 16:43:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Some of the earliest pillars of life on our ancient Earth can still be seen from time to time. Coral, for instance, takes many years to form and can give us a glimpse into the way things once were. The areas where coral grows have even recently been shown to have been dependent on volcanic activity in the earliest days of our planet. Today, the discovery of yet another ancient wonder has been making the rounds across the web,...

2013-05-28 15:36:14

Snail shells coil in response to an lopsided protein gradient across their shell mantles, finds research in BioMed Central's open access journal EvoDevo. In contrast the shell mantle of limpets, whose shells do not coil, have a symmetrical pattern of the protein Decapentaplegic (Dpp). There are many hundreds of different kinds of gastropods (slugs snail and limpets) - second only in number of species to insects. They have adapted to live on land as well as in fresh water and marine...

Disposable Penis Helps Sea Slug Ensure Clean Mating
2013-02-13 11:02:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Disposable razors, disposable diapers, disposable cameras, disposable penises... err; wait a minute, disposable penises? Yes disposable penises. That´s what´s new in the world of science today. It seems a team of researchers from Osaka City University and Tokyo's Nihon University in Japan have discovered the first instance of creatures than can grow their own ℠disposable penises.´ This trait came to light...

Fitness Benefits For Female Sea Slugs May Come From Traumatic Mating
2012-08-23 11:09:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A report published Aug. 22 in the open access journal PLOS ONE states that, despite the nature of their mating being very traumatic and biologically costly, the female sea slug will mate more often than required to in order to reproduce. The mating behavior of a simultaneously hermaphroditic species of sea slug was examined by Rolanda Lange of the University of Tuebingen in Germany, who led the study, along with colleagues. This...

2012-01-25 14:39:47

If you were a blind, cannibalistic sea slug, living among others just like you, nearly every encounter with another creature would require a simple cost/benefit calculation: Should I eat that, do nothing or flee? In a new study, researchers report that these responses are linked to a simple circuit in the brain of the sea slug Pleurobranchaea. A heightened state of excitation in the neurons that control the animal´s attack and feeding behavior means it is hungry and will go for nearly...

2011-03-08 09:25:26

A research study in which the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is participating has found evidence that suggests that the key to locomotion in snails stems from the animal's complex muscle movements, and not from its mucus, as had been previously thought. This finding could open the door to the construction of robots which could imitate this form of propulsion. The main aim of this study, carried out in collaboration with the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and Stanford...

2009-08-12 23:07:34

Sea slugs found on a New Zealand beach held enough of a poisonous substance to kill laboratory mice, scientists said Wednesday. Researchers have not yet determined what the toxin is or whether it is responsible for the deaths of two dogs that apparently ingested something deadly on Narrow Neck Beach in Auckland, The New Zealand Herald reported. Paul McNabb, an algae specialist at the Cawthron Institute, said the next step is to determine if the toxin in the slugs is the same as the toxin in...

2009-07-31 08:35:00

A collaborative team led by a University of Hawai'i at Manoa researcher has published the first-ever assessment of snail and slug species that are of potential threat to the nation's agriculture industry and the environment, should they ever be introduced in the U.S.The July 2009 article in the American Malacological Bulletin is authored by snail/slug biologist Robert H. Cowie of the UH Manoa Center for Conservation Research and Training (CCRT) and his team. They evaluated all known snail and...

Latest Slug Reference Libraries

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita is a species of roundworm that is classified within the Nematoda phylum. This species is found in soils where slug species from the Limacidae, Arionidae, and Milacidae families are located, with one common host being Deroceras reticulatum. The worm can be located in soil by using real-time PCR testing methods, a test that also distinguishes it from its similar relative, Phasmarhabditis neopapillosa. The life cycle of Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita begins in...

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