banana slug

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banana slug

n.
Any of several large slugs of the genus Ariolimax, especially A. columbianus of northern California and the Pacific Northwest, ranging in color from black to white but often having a bright yellow body with black spots.
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A quantitative model for the adhesive locomotion of the terrestrial slug, Ariolimax columbianus.
The coastal Oregonian Province has a low-diversity fauna typically, with bradybaenid Monadenia fidelis and such genera as Vespericola, Haplotrema, Ancotrema, Hemphillia, Ariolimax, Allogona, Cryptomastix, and Prophysaon characteristic.
First, Denny (1980) vividly demonstrates the important contribution of mucus production to overall locomotion costs in the terrestrial gastropod, Ariolimax columbianus, and this per unit distance cost scales directly with speed.
This hypothesis might be addressed by measurements of oxygen consumption in snails using each gait, as has previously been done for adhesive crawling in the slug Ariolimax columbianus Gould, 1851 (Denny, 1980a).