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Terrestrial Slugs: Biology, Ecology and Control

By: A South

428 pages, 7 b/w plates, 24 illus, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1992 | #13080 | ISBN: 0412368102
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This book is a review of the current knowledge of the biology and ecology of slugs, together with their status and control as pests. exceptional resource for investigations of molluscan biology and for studies that employ slugs as an experimental system. - American Zoologist


Part 1 Introduction: classification of slugs; survey of slug families; history of the British slug fauna; British slugs. Part 2 Structure: external features; internal anatomy; integument; locomotion; shell. Part 3 Feeding, digestion and metabolism: feeding and digestion; energy metabolism; carbohydrate metabolism; lipid metabolism; calcium metabolism; nitrogen metabolism. Part 4 Vascular system, water relations and nitrogenous excretion. Part 5 Reproduction: reproductive tract; spermatogenesis, oogenesis and fertilization; egg; mating and egg laying; control of reproduction; organ culture and regeneration genetics. Part 6 Nervous system, sensory structures and neurosecretion: nervous system; sensory structures; endocrinology; control of water balance, locomotion, reproduction, feeding. Part 7 Behaviour: feeding behaviour; chemoreception; agonistic and dispersive behaviour; locomotor activity. Part 8 Life cycles: development of the egg; postembryonic development; life spans and life tables; field studies. Part 9 Predators, parasites and disease: predators; parasites; disease; abnormalities and injuries. Part 10 Ecology: estimation of populations; slug populations; communities; production and energy flow; conservation; pollution. Part 11 Slugs and man; slug damage - Great Britain, Europe, North America, other countries. Part 12 Control of slug pests: history of chemical control; recent developments in slug control by chemicals; metaldehyde; methiocarb; application of molluscicides; efficiency of mataldehyde and methiocarb; environmental effects of molluscicides; other methods of controls. Appendices: Culture methods; anaesthetizing, narcotizing and preserving slugs.

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