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Pacific banana slug

Pacific banana slugs (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora: Arionidae: Ariolimax columbianus) are one of the more impressive organisms to be found in the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. Inhabiting coastal conifer woodlands from southern Alaska to central California, these animals reach their highest concentration among the wet … Continue reading

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No morels, only snails

Today I poked around some local southeast Michigan hardwood forests searching for tasty morel mushrooms.  Although I’ve heard favorable reports from others, I was unable to locate any.  While digging through the damp leaf litter, however, I did find a … Continue reading

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What a cute little snail…

You never know what you’ll find when you start poking around under rotting logs and leaf litter.  The other day the moist organic residue and clay soil of a floodplain forest yielded several of these tiny snails (class Gastropoda).  Their … Continue reading

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