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Black slug (Arion ater) These things should NOT be in Australia but were first reported in 2001 in the Dandenong Ranges 40km east of Melbourne. They were next seen in 2005 and now in 2012 I found dozens. There have also been reports of them in the Otway Ranges to the south-west of Melbourne. Regarded as a pest in Europe and England (their origin) they seem to have survived the worst drought in Victoria&#039;s recorded history and therefore might be regarded as &#039;established&#039; here. <br />
I have just found out they are appearing in Tasmania too. What are sapiens doing.!! Arion ater,Australia,Black slug,Geotagged,Invasive species,Summer,introduced Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Black slug (Arion ater)

These things should NOT be in Australia but were first reported in 2001 in the Dandenong Ranges 40km east of Melbourne. They were next seen in 2005 and now in 2012 I found dozens. There have also been reports of them in the Otway Ranges to the south-west of Melbourne. Regarded as a pest in Europe and England (their origin) they seem to have survived the worst drought in Victoria's recorded history and therefore might be regarded as 'established' here.
I have just found out they are appearing in Tasmania too. What are sapiens doing.!!

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  1. These guys are invasive here also and are considered to be a threat to our native banana slugs. Posted 3 years ago

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The black slug also known as black arion, European black slug, or large black slug, scientific name ''Arion ater'', is a species of large land slug, a terrestrial slug in the family Arionidae, the roundback slugs.

Similar species: Pulmonata
Species identified by Mark Ridgway
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By Mark Ridgway

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Uploaded Mar 28, 2016. Captured Jan 8, 2012 23:39 in 18 Panteg Rd, Sassafras VIC 3787, Australia.
  • EX-Z2000
  • f/2.8
  • 1/60s
  • ISO250
  • 4.7mm