This blog provides an informal forum for terrestrial invertebrate watchers to post recent sightings of interesting observations in the southern Vancouver Island region. Please send your sightings by email to Jeremy Tatum (jtatum@uvic.ca). Be sure to include your name, phone number, the species name (common or scientific) of the invertebrate you saw, location, date, and number of individuals. If you have a photograph you are willing to share, please send it along. Click on the title above for an index of past sightings.The index is updated most days.

January 11

2021 January 11

Here is a series of photographs of slugs and snails photographed by Ian Cooper in recent days (and nights!) either along the Galloping Goose Trail or in Colquitz River Park.   The identifications, by Ian, are tentative, but probably correct – though we’d welcome any alternative suggestions.  The first is the Yellow-bordered Taildropper.  In an earlier version of this posting I had labelled it as a Blue-grey Taildropper from the same genus, but, as Ian suspected and Jeremy Gatten confirmed, from the yellow border to the mantle and the larger size, it is actually the Yellow-bordered.

Yellow-bordered Taildropper Prophysaon foliolatum (Pul.: Anadeniidae)  Ian Cooper


Ambigolimax valentianus (Pul.: Limacidae)  Ian Cooper


Vespericola columbianus (Pul.: Polygyridae)  Ian Cooper


Vespericola columbianus (Pul.: Polygyridae)  Ian Cooper


Vespericola columbianus (Pul.: Polygyridae)  Ian Cooper


Vespericola columbianus (Pul.: Polygyridae)  Ian Cooper

Lancetooth snail (Pul.:  Haplotrematidae)  Ian Cooper

Robust Lancetooth Haplotrema vancouverense (Pul.: Haplotrematidae)  Ian Cooper

Unknown.  Suggestions, anyone?   Ian Cooper