oa Annals of the Natal Museum - The terrestrial slugs of KwaZulu-Natal: diversity, biogeography and conservation (Mollusca: Pulmonata)

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The terrestrial slug fauna of KwaZulu-Natal is reviewed and matters relating to biogeography, conservation and economic importance discussed. Eighteen species are recorded from the province, double the number since the last similar review by Collinge in 1910. Eight species are alien introductions. The indigenous fauna is either endemic or of tropical/subtropical affinity; at the species level there is no overlap with taxa characteristic of the Cape. The endemic family Chlamydephoridae and the veronicellid Laevicaulis haroldi are considered to be conservation priorities. New records of Urocyclus kirkii confirm its occurrence in KwaZulu-Natal. Keys to families, genera and species are provided, together with illustrations, photographs, descriptionptions, locality and habitat data, and distribution maps.

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