COSEWIC Status Reports

COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Dromedary Jumping-slug Hemphillia dromedarius in Canada

Jumping-slugs (genus Hemphillia) are a small group of arionid slugs endemic to western North America (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora: Arionidae). Of the 7 recognized species, 3 occur in Canada (Dromedary Jumping-slug, H. dromedarius; Warty Jumping-slug, H. glandulosa; Pale Jumping-slug, H. camelus). The Dromedary Jumping-slug is a relatively large (ca. 60 mm long) slug with a distinctive appearance: the visceral pouch is elevated into a pronounced hump and a part of the internal shell plate is visible through a slit in the mantle. The tail is laterally compressed, keeled, and tipped with a horn-like protuberance (caudal horn). The predominant colour is grey with darker mottling; the sole of the foot is often bright yellow or orange.

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COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3
Tel: 819-938-4125
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