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Scientific Name: Limacus maculatus
Common Name: Green Cellar Slug
Limacus maculatus, or the Green Cellar Slug as it is commonly known, can grow up to 13 cm in length. A medium to large slug (length: 7-13cm). They can be separated from the similar-looking, Yellow Cellar Slug using a few quick tricks: this slug is generally darker in its complexion; it is a dark, yellow-green colour; a yellow stripe on the tail is dramatically reduced or absent; the spots of the Green Cellar Slug are larger; the tentacles are grey to grey-blue; its mucous trail is clear, sometimes with a tinge of yellow-orange; the young slugs appear darker with less mottling/ spots.
They're frequent garden residents, often being found beneath logs, stones and especially in compost bins. They're expanding their range, and it's been proposed they're out-competing, or interbreeding with the Yellow Cellar Slug.
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