Greenhouse Slug - Ambigolimax valentianus

    Alt Name
    Spanish Slug and as Three-band Garden Slug, Lehmannia valentiana

    Also known as Spanish Slug. It is a brownish slug with darker bands.

    Similar Species

    The Balkan Threeband Slug Ambigolimax nyctelius is usually more clearly marked but confidently separating these two species requires dissection. 

    Identification difficulty

    Often found near greenhouses, plant nurseries, allotments, under dead wood and in compost bins.

    When to see it

    Peak time is summer.

    Life History

    This slug appeared in Britain from Spain and seems to be increasing.

    UK Status

    Widespread in England, fewer records from elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map