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Limax maximus Linnaeus, 1758
Giant Gardenslug
Family: Limacidae
Species account author: Robert Forsyth.
Photo of species

© Liz Watkinson  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #15452)

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Distribution of Limax maximus in British Columbia
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Species Information

A large slug; yellowish-grey or brown, spotted or striped with black; mantle spotted, with a fine fingerprint-like pattern of ridges; tentacles red-brown; keel only near the tip of the tail.


Gardens; disturbed sites


Europe, N Africa, Asia Minor



Genus name Latin for "slug; the gender is masculine. Species epithet, Latin, "largest" (which isn't the case).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
ExoticSNAExoticNot Listed
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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2023-11-30 10:16:00 AM]
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