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Keywords:

  • egg mass;
  • husbandry;
  • Kerry spotted slug;
  • longevity

The Kerry spotted slug Geomalacus maculosus has a restricted European range and may be threatened by loss of habitat. Since 1990 the species has been maintained at the Endangered Species Breeding Unit, Martin Mere, under a low-maintenance husbandry regime. From 1991 to 1999 between 44 and 328 eggs hatched each year allowing a number of animals to be distributed to British zoos. Various aspects of husbandry, breeding and longevity of the Kerry spotted slug are discussed in this article.