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Possible larvae of the Limacodidae family. Larvae are typically very flattened, and instead of prolegs they have suckers. The thoracic legs are reduced, but always present and they locomote by rolling waves rather than walking with individual prolegs. They even use a lubricant, a kind of liquified silk, to locomote on.


Thanks to leads from LivanEscudero and Goody, more or less narrowed it down to the Limacodidae family. Would really like to know what this is.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Crowned Slug Caterpillar
Limacodidae FAMILY animals, animals, animals

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syzygy 2 years ago

Rather Extraordinary!... Just not to comment another Beautiful... (: Really a great spotting and cool shot! Thanks for sharing!

I was curious about how does its moth look.

... Well, nothing extra.

Oh, but just what the heck I am taking about... All is beautiful that lives!

Even this guy from the dirt of the outhouse is wonderful!

P. S.: final count of the word 'beautiful' in the text: 3 (:

Dina 10 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Beautiful spotting.

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

It's wonderful and beautiful how life manage to appear in every form, even the weirdest. :)

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Aabsolutely amazing!!!

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


DiveMUster 10 years ago

Hi KarenL,
Thank you very much :-)

KarenL 10 years ago

Hi Divemuster!
Lovely spot! I have moved this to arthropods for you.

DiveMUster 10 years ago

Hi Goody/ Livan,

Thank you for the ID suggestion. At least it gives sheds a bit of light but feel its still a long search ahead.

Livan, as you aptly mentioned, the picture in the link is identical but the info does not positively identify it.

LivanEscudero 10 years ago

About above ID. While it is a caterpillar from the Limacodidae family, I can not find any reference to a particular species. The photo on the ref. web site is just like yours... but, the accompanying info is general found on other web sites, and I don't think specific to your species.

DiveMUster 10 years ago

I gathered its some sort of slug/mollusk but unlikely to be a caterpillar. The underside was more snail-like.

Aaron_G 10 years ago

Reminds me of a slug-like caterpillar. A quick Web search hasn't pulled up much for your part of the world.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Divemuster is incredible some caterpillar maybe

DiveMUster 10 years ago

Hi Gerardo. Neither. It was in a rainforest and stuck to my car window! I have no idea how it got there.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Do you see it in fresh or salt water??

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago


Spotted by

Bukit Fraser, Pahang, Malaysia

Spotted on Feb 25, 2012
Submitted on Feb 27, 2012

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