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Ninja Slug

Ibycus rachelae

Description:

A beautiful green coloured snail/slug with yellowish bumps/tubercles. This Slug was first discovered from high altitude mountain forest of around 1,900 masl in Sabah, Borneo and described in the year 2008. The Slug sports a tail that's three times the length of its head, which it wraps around its 1.6-inch-long (4 cm) body as if a pet cat. In fact, its discoverers initially planned to name the Slug Ibycus felis, after its feline inspiration. Instead, they named it after the girlfriend of one of its discoverers, Menno Schilthuizen of the Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity 'Naturalis.'

Habitat:

High altitude tropical forest.

Notes:

The Slug was given its common name; Ninja Slug as there's more to the name than meets the eye: The slug species makes use of so-called love darts. Made of calcium carbonate, the love dart is a harpoon-like structure that pierces and injects a hormone into a potential mate. The dart could increase the slug's chances of reproduction.

32 Comments (1–25)

Congratulation, for the SOTW, Super.

Wowwwwwwww

Uday
Uday a year ago

wow! congratulation AlbertKang

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Better late than never! Wow, Albert congrats!

i_munasinghe
i_munasinghe a year ago

I just can't believe how wonderful it is to actually spot one of these in nature! This is amazing @AlbertKang, congratulations!

AlbertKang
AlbertKang a year ago

Thanks, @Tukup and @armadeus.4 for your kind words and support :)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a year ago

Congratulations on your SOTW Albert! Wonderful shots. Thank you for sharing :)

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

Congratulations on the well-deserved SOTW Albert. Great shot of an unusual species.

AlbertKang
AlbertKang a year ago

Thanks, @MichaelS, @Ornithoptera80, @Saturniidae27, @Sergio, @Jae, @Neil, @Antonio, @Single D and @Leua - for your kind words and appreciations :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Congratulations Albert !

Single D
Single D a year ago

Congratulations on your spotting of the week. Great photos.

Wow,great find Albert,awesome slug,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

Congratulations, Albert. A great spotting!

Jae
Jae a year ago

Congrats, Albert!

Congratulations (again...) Albert! :-)

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 a year ago

Congratulation Albert 🎉. A very well deserved SOTW :-)

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 a year ago

Congrats Albert, well deserved.

MichaelS
MichaelS a year ago

Hi Albert,

Your Ninja Slug spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week.

Thank you for sharing fascinating photos of a special and unique slug of the Borneo rainforest with the Project Noah community!

https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/1...

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Wow - this is a fascinating spotting and the information is really interesting!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

How do you find these weird and wonderful creatures Albert ? Everything about this slug is fascinating. Thanks for sharing this & your great notes. I wonder if he feels like a rough avocado...

AlbertKang
AlbertKang a year ago

Thank you, Mark for the double cheers! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

That's crazy Albert. Thanks for sharing this one.

AlbertKang
AlbertKang a year ago

Thanks, @Leuba for your kind words and appreciation.
I guess spending lots of hours in the field and sometimes, getting lucky. Most of the stuff were seen during night walks where those critters are more likely to be out in the open.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

How do you find these weird and wonderful creatures Albert ? Everything about this slug is fascinating. Thanks for sharing this & your great notes. I wonder if he feels like a rough avocado...

AlbertKang
Spotted by
AlbertKang

Pahang, Malaysia

Spotted on Oct 9, 2017
Submitted on Jun 17, 2020

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