Tawny Soil Slug - Arion owenii

    Alt Name
    Warty Arion

    Size 30 to 38 mm. Belongs to the garden slug group (all have a yellow sole and yellowish mucus) but is distinctive in its tawny brown colouration. It is broader and less depressed than either Arion distinctus or Arion hortensis and with distinctly brownish colours rather than grey. The brown to smoky black lateral bands are broad and often diffuse down to the sole. Tentacles are purplish in colour, whilst the dorsal tubercles are broad and coarse, appearing ridged when the animal is at rest.

    Identification difficulty

    Primarily a woodland species it may be found in old birch, oak or hazel scrub, often near to streams or wetter habitats.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain with most records seeming to some from the south west of England and from western Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.  The Thurnby Lodge record of 31st August 2018 is the first for VC55.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map