The Carnivorous Ghost Slug of Wales

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The ghost slug, Selenochlamys ysbryda, is a species of predatory air-breathing land slug.

It has no eyes, and is white in color. It is nocturnal and burrowing, and unlike the majority of slugs, it is a carnivore, feeding on earthworms at night using its blade-like teeth.

Because of the slug’s white color and nocturnal habits, and because it has been so rarely seen, it was given the species name ysbryda, the word “ysbryd” meaning ghost in the Welsh language. This in turn gave rise to the common name, “ghost slug”.

An electronmicrograph of the radula ribbon of the species. The inset shows one individual tooth.

An electronmicrograph of the radula ribbon of the species. The inset shows one individual tooth.

An excellent candidate for “Things I never want to see evolving into giant versions of themselves…”

Via Wikipedia.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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