1. says

    Evolutian, they’re Triboniophorus graeffei, Red Triangle Slugs. This photo was taken in our garden on the northern outskirts of Sydney, Australia.

    Interestingly, the specimens found on the other side of our suburb (on the other side of a train line and a freeway) tend to be grey and rather warty in texture, whereas ours are white and smooth. Seems that there is some genetic variation afoot.

  2. mikespeir says

    I thought I was looking in the mirror, but then I noticed there was no tree behind me.

  3. Blenster says

    I think those slugs are thinking Arby’s… ;-) Almost looks like that logo…

    Great picture…

  4. says

    The wonderful species* (one of our very few native slugs) occurs along the east coast. It comes in a variety of colour forms, including a red one on Mt Kaputar in northern NSW and a bright orange one from Mt Bellenden Ker in Queensland’s Wet Tropics. (Not my photos but from the gallery associated with this blog.)

    * Likely to be more than one.

  5. Julie Stahlhut says

    They’re beautiful! And the photo would look great on a Valentine’s Day card!

  6. Strangebrew says


    Seems that there is some genetic variation afoot.

    Does that imply the E word might be reasonably construed as a process in action Margaret?

  7. Nangleator says

    I don’t see enough visual referents to discern the scale here. How long are those creamy beasties?

  8. Chris Davis says

    Much more of these explicit images of slimy spineless dickheads en flagrante, and the Australian NetNazis will put Pharyngula on their kill-list.

  9. AdamK says

    Dr. Myers,
    Thank you so much for the two posts on slimy repulsive slugs.
    That will suffice.

  10. says

    “…If you go out barefoot
    They will give your toes cold hugs:
    Snails and slugs.”

    Forget who; someone I used to hear on Dr. Demento.

    Those really are gorgeous.

  11. Gra says

    “Evolutian, they’re Triboniophorus graeffei, Red Triangle Slugs. This photo was taken in our garden on the northern outskirts of Sydney, Australia.”
    Well bugger me, I grew up in the northern suburbs of Sydney (Mt. Colah to be precise) and I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. Not even a grey one with those markings.

  12. Jadehawk says

    i’m torn. they look tasty (mmm…. glazed snail with cherry topping), but they’re australian, so they’re probably venomous and/or toxic

  13. Stewart says

    They may look nice, but tbh Nudibranch just leave them in the shade.

    Lets have some Nudi pics PZ.

  14. David Marjanović, OM says

    So in Australia the swans are black… and the slugs are white? Ew.

    Being Australian beasties, they must be poisonous.

    Even more so because they’re white. I’m sure some agama or other would otherwise eat it.

    en flagrante

    In flagranti. Latin.

  15. Jeanette says

    Beeeautiful. I saw it in the other thread, but it’s totally deserving of its own post.

    Those two look so hot that other guy’s trying to get in on the action (millipede).

  16. Danielle says

    Beautiful photo! Those are so much prettier than we get in the Pacific Northwest!

  17. blueelm says

    “If given the chance, it will also remove bathroom mould.”

    Hey… that’s cool! C’mon guys they’re cooler than mold!

  18. Older says

    Those are the most gorgeous slugs I have ever seen! I admire the many and various colors of sea slugs, but my heart belongs to the land variety. I had no idea they were so beautiful in Australia. Aside from Arion Ater (introduced from Europe) most of our guys are small, inconspicuous and gray. The banana and leopard slugs are large but nowhere near as beautiful as those Australian fellows.

    You know, some people (mostly biologists, I’m sure) actually like slugs.

  19. Gerry says

    Pffft. Love the slugs, Maggie (and hi!) but when it comes to slugs, nudie branches win hands down :)

  20. Phrogge says

    Sheesh, I come here for peace, quiet and science, and find everyone just slugging it out!