[Taxacom] Are slugs subgroup(s) of snails

Stephen Thorpe s.thorpe at auckland.ac.nz
Thu Sep 3 21:23:46 CDT 2009

Well, the best database of them all (Google) has lots of hits for semislugs (so we have divergent opinion yet again! :)


just forget about the few hits to do with the South-East Michigan Sun Local User Group!


From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Frederick W Schueler [bckcdb at istar.ca]
Sent: Friday, 4 September 2009 2:15 p.m.
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Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Are slugs subgroup(s) of snails

Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> And what about semislugs?! Slugs with visible shells that they can't withdraw into completely! Come on, the whole point with common names is that they are not perfectly precise in meaning - that is why we need scientific names. There is no answer to the question: is a slug also a snail? Actually, this quite nicely illustrates the tendency of certain personality types, common on the list, to try to find perfect  precision where none exists, either in the Code, or in meaning of 'slug'...

* a snail is a Gastropod with a coiled shell, a limpet is a Gastropod
with a non-coiled, umbrella-like shell, and slug is a Gastropod without
enough shell to retreat into. Both of the latter are polyphyletic
life-style choices, and the former is hugely paraphyletic, so none of
them need the name of an author appended.

The above was written without consulting wiki-anything, or the EoL.

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