A quantitative model for the adhesive locomotion of the terrestrial slug, Ariolimax
The potential for seed dispersal by the banana slug (Ariolimax
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.
The University of California at Santa Cruz's Web site makes a passionate plea for the continued survival in the Pacific Northwest of the banana slug (Ariolimax
), which happens to be the official mascot of that institution of higher learning.
Nearly all have voracious appetites for tender growing plants; the exception is the Northwest's native banana slug (Ariolimax
columbianus), which keeps to itself in woodsy areas and eats decaying organic matter.
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).