Cystopelta purpurea

Cystopelta purpurea

Cystopelta purpurea is an herbivorous slug native to south-eastern mainland Australia.
Native tree slug (Cystopelta purpurea) Shell-less snail or lumpy slug. 
Never saw these before but some extraordinary rains produced hundreds in a local leptospermum forest.
They turned out to be of only four native slug species in Victoria, Australia.
About 35mm long fully extebded. Australia,Cystopelta purpurea,Geotagged,Native slug,Spring

Appearance

Body wide or swollen (due to large size of internal organs) with a flat tail.
Colour grey, dark brown or green-grey.
Up to 4 cm long.
Native land slug (Cystopelta purpurea) About 40mm long
I am curious about the mucous ball attached to the rear end.
Found on a moist log in a local national park.
(Changed name from C astra to C purpurea on information from Kevin Bonham) Australia,Cystopelta,Cystopelta purpurea,Geotagged,Summer

Naming

Synonym:
Cystopelta petterdi purpurea Davies, 1912

Distribution

Found mostly in Victoria Australia.

Habitat

Forest and woodland, including under logs, in leaf litter or on bark.

Food

Herbivore

References:

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http://bie.ala.org.au/species/Cystopelta+purpurea#
http://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/species/8766
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderStylommatophora
FamilyCystopeltidae
GenusCystopelta
SpeciesCystopelta purpurea
Photographed in
Australia