Hemphill's Westernslug

Hesperarion hemphilli

This small black slug is the only native slug found on campus. A cousin of the banana slug, this slug also prefers damp areas near creeks. It can be distinguished from introduced slugs by its jet black body with a distinctly white foot/skirt. The black and white stripes on the side of the foot/skirt are diagnostic. Hemphill's westernslug is endemic to the coastal region of Central and Southern California.

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Dorsal

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Ventral

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Photo Credit: Thomas Everest (1 - 5)