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Ninja Slug The Mantel on this beautiful green/yellow Snail/Slug is a bit retracted showing its shell.<br />
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It sports a tail that&#039;s three times the length of its head, which it wraps around its 1.6-inch-long (4 cm) body as if a pet cat. In fact, its discoverers initially planned to name the slug Ibycus felis, after its feline inspiration. Instead, they named it after the girlfriend of one of its discoverers, Menno Schilthuizen of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity &#039;Naturalis.&#039; Ibycus rachelae,Malaysia,Ninja Slug,Pahang,Slug,Snail Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Ninja Slug

The Mantel on this beautiful green/yellow Snail/Slug is a bit retracted showing its shell.

It sports a tail that's three times the length of its head, which it wraps around its 1.6-inch-long (4 cm) body as if a pet cat. In fact, its discoverers initially planned to name the slug Ibycus felis, after its feline inspiration. Instead, they named it after the girlfriend of one of its discoverers, Menno Schilthuizen of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity 'Naturalis.'

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  1. Cool finding! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Yea, it was.
      Saw 2 of them during the same trip :D
      Posted 2 years ago
  2. Superb Albert, I envy you mate.
    Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thank you, Paul :)
      No need to be envious, do come over to the tropical forest in South East Asia for a visit in the future.
      With your expertise and level of luck, am sure you will find a lot more interesting stuff :D
      Posted 2 years ago
      1. Europeans, we are a bit challenged this year to go to your side of the world due to Covid-19. I hope this gets solved soon, I already miss SE Asia and the diving! :-) Posted 2 years ago
        1. That's true. Marta.
          Even for us in Malaysia, we were not allowed interstate travels during the lock down period but since 10 June, we can do so now.
          Posted 2 years ago
          1. indeed! I have colleagues in Singapore telling me the same...good that you can start moving around on June 10. For many of us in Europe this is a year to learn better about our closer surroundings :-) Posted 2 years ago
  3. Wonderful find, great photo, great info = top post! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy for your kind words and appreciation :) Posted 2 years ago
  4. That's crazy Albert. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thank you, Mark for the double cheers! :) Posted 2 years ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    This week we are having a ‘Kang-a-thon’. ‘Kang’ as in Albert Kang! Albert is a JungleDragon moderator and nature-loving adventurer. He is constantly wowing us with his photos of incredible creatures—many of which live in the ocean. So, each day this week, we will share a couple of his recent photos on Facebook for you all to enjoy!
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    The Ninja Slug (Ibycus rachelae) lives in the mountainous forests of Malaysia. It has a super long tail that’s three times the length of its head! And, it wraps its tail around its body, much like a cat would. Sounds cozy.

    This slug species uses love darts, which are much less romantic than they sound. The love dart is a sharp, harpoon-like structure used by some hermaphroditic slugs. Prior to copulation, the slugs try to shoot each other with their darts. This action is analogous to being stabbed. There is no receptacle for the dart; rather, it just pierces the slug’s flesh. Research suggests that slugs that successfully shoot their mate with a dart may have better reproductive success because the mucus on the dart contains hormones that enhance the survival of sperm. #JungleDragon

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife/
    Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
    1. Thanks, Christine for the feature :) Posted 2 years ago
      1. You're welcome! Posted 2 years ago
    2. Thanks, Christine for the feature :) Posted 2 years ago
  6. Wow, I am in love with this beauty! What a miracle! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thank you, Jivko for your kind words and appreciation :)
      Indeed nature itself is a miracle :D
      Posted 2 years ago
  7. Today's Facebook post:

    Happy New Year! To say that 2020 was a challenging year would be an understatement. But, it was not without beauty or inspiration. During 2020, the JungleDragon community uploaded more than 17,000 photos and over 3,700 new species to the website!

    Thank you to all of our members and supporters for your passion, dedication to nature and photography, and encouragement! You make JungleDragon special, and we appreciate you!

    We are excited to continue sharing, inspiring, and learning about nature together with you in 2021! We wish you all the best for the upcoming year!!

    Here are ten of the most popular photos shared on JungleDragon during 2020! Enjoy!! {See photos for credits} #JungleDragon #Nature #2020

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted one year ago
  8. Wow... Superb... Posted one year ago
  9. Today's Facebook post:

    Albert Kang is our featured member today! He has shared more than 6,000 photos and introduced over 2,000 new species to JungleDragon in the past five years! Choosing five of his most popular photos to share here was not easy. Not only are his photos incredible, but he's pretty awesome too! #JungleDragon

    For more of Albert's photos: https://www.jungledragon.com/user/2994/popular

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted 9 months ago

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Ibycus rachelae, the Long-tailed slug, is a slug that is only found in Sabah, Borneo.

Similar species: Pulmonata
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Jun 17, 2020. Captured Oct 9, 2017 08:52.
  • TG-4
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO200
  • 18mm