Arion vulgaris Moquin-Tandon, 1855 – the aetiology of an invasive species
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Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University
Institute of Plant Protection - National Research Institute, Poznań, Poland
Submission date: 2016-02-08
Final revision date: 2017-03-03
Acceptance date: 2017-04-03
Publication date: 2017-05-22
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Kamila S. Zając   

Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków, Poland
Folia Malacol. 2017;25(2):81-93
Arion vulgaris Moquin-Tandon, 1855 is ranked among the hundred most invasive species in Europe. Its native range is not known for certain. For many years, it was believed that the slug came from south-western Europe and began its spread over 40 years ago in the Iberian Peninsula, but recent molecular data suggest that it is native to Central Europe. Here we present a review of its biology, nomenclature, distribution, characteristics, control methods and status. We discuss potential reasons for the great success of A. vulgaris, considering various hypotheses which may explain its invasiveness.
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