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Limax

body, five and shield

LIMAX, in natural history, the slug. Body oblong, creeping, with a fleshy kind of shield above, and a longitudinal flat dish beneath ; aperture placed on the right side, within the shield ; four feelers, situate above the mouth, with an eye at the tip of each of the larger ones. There are sixteen species; L. Nevis : body black, and almost without wrinkles, found among the moss late in the autumn, five lines long ; body glossy, with undulate, trans verse stria on the shield ; narrower and not so much wrinkled as the next. L. ater ; body black and furrowed with deep wrinkles ; of this species there are five or six varieties, differing in colour and size ; the dusky-brown with a yellowish mouth, a streak on each side ; is found in woods, meadows, fields, and gardens ; is from one and a half to five inches long ; crawls slowly, and leaves a slime upon whatever it passes over. L. alba, is white, and is found in woods and groves; from three to five inches long. L. hyalinus ; body

hyaline ; feelers obsolete, with a brown line reaching from the feelers to the shield ; inhabits mossy places, and is very destructive to the young shoots of kid ney-beans; belly with numerous inter rupted wrinkles. L. agrestes ; body whitish, with black feelers: five varie ties, of which some have the power of secreting a large quantity of mucous from the under surface, and forming it into a thread like a spider's web ; by this means it often suspends itself, and descends from the branches of trees, or any height it had crawled up to. It is found in Eng land, in gardens, pastures, and groves, from May till December. One of the va rieties of this species is that which has been recommended to be swallowed by consumptive persons ; it is half an inch long, and when touched it sticks as if dead to the fingers.