Leidyula floridana

Summary

Leidyula floridana, common name the Florida leatherleaf, is a species of tropical air-breathing land slug, shell-less terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Veronicellidae.

Leidyula floridana
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Leidyula floridana
from W. G. Binney, 1878[1]
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L. floridana
Binomial name
Leidyula floridana
(Leidy & Binney in Binney, 1851)[2]
Synonyms[3]
  • Vaginulus floridanus Leidy, 1851
  • Vaginulus floridanus Binney, 1851
  • Veronicella floridana (Binney, 1851)
A Large Leidyula floridana taken near Kissimmee, FL.. Photo by H. Blair Howell.

DistributionEdit

This slug is native to the Caribbean (Cuba to Jamaica) and southern Florida, but has spread to northern Florida. The slug is also found in Louisiana and Texas.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Binney, William G. (1878). The Terrestrial Air-Breathing Mollusks of the United States and Adjacent Territories of North America. Vol. 5 (plates). Bull. Mus. Comparative Zool., Harvard. Plate 59.
  2. ^ Binney A. (1851). The Terrestrial Air-breathing Mollusks of the United States and the adjacent territories of North America. Volume I. A. A. Gould (ed.). Charles C. Little and James C. Brown, Boston, MA. 366 pp. (198, 251, pl. IV).
  3. ^ a b c Naranjo-García E., Thomé J. W. & Castillejo J. (2007). "A review of the Veronicellidae from Mexico (Gastropoda: Soleolifera). Revisión de los Veronicellidae de México (Gastropoda: Soleolifera)". Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 78: 41-50."
  4. ^ Stange LA, Deisler JE, Fasulo TR. 2009. Slugs of Florida Archived 2009-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Featured Creatures. Last accessed 2009-05-01
  5. ^ (in Spanish) Pérez A. M., Sotelo M., Arana I. & López A. (2008). "Diversidad de moluscos gasterópodos terrestres en la región del Pacífico de Nicaragua y sus preferencias de hábitat". Rev. Biol. Trop. 56(1): 317-332,. PDF
  6. ^ Maceira D. F. (2003). "Las especies de la familia Veronicellidae (Mollusca, Soleolifera) en Cuba". Revista de Biología Tropical 51(3): 453-461. PDF Archived 2007-07-28 at the Wayback Machine.

Further readingEdit

Cook A. (1986) "Functional aspects of the mucus-producing glands of the Systellommatophoran slug, Veronicella floridana". Journal of Zoology 211(2): 291-305. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1987.tb01535.x

External linksEdit

  • Leidyula floridana on the UF / IFAS Featured Creatures Web site and photo
  • drawings of anatomy of Leidyula floridana by Joseph Leidy