Scarletback Taildropper

COSEWIC None
BC Status Blue
Scientific Name
Prophysaon vanattae
Taxonomic Group
Molluscs
Jurisdiction
Provincial
Habitats
Old Forest
Mature Forest
Scarletback Taildropper (c) Kristina Ovaska

Species Summary

This small (to 55 mm) slug is found from California to British Columba, where it is limited to Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland. Colour varies from red, to whitish or greyish.  Like other 'taildropper' slugs, it can self-amputate its tail, which wriggles to distract a predator, while the slug escapes to grow another tail later. It is primarily arboreal, living on mossy branches and trunks of trees and shrubs in mixed coastal forests. The major threats are habitat loss and fragmentation to forest harvest, urbanization, and agricultural development.

Status

COSEWIC None
BC Status Blue
BC Wildlife Act None
BC Forest and Range Practices Act None
SARA None

Additional Information

Conservation Data Centre of BC
Field Guide Please see the factsheet

Regional Districts

Not a range map

The entire area of all regional districts in which the species occurs somewhere is shaded. The actual species range may be much smaller.

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  1. Capital Regional District
  2. Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
  3. Central Coast Regional District
  4. Comox Valley Regional District
  5. Cowichan Valley Regional District
  6. Fraser Valley Regional District
  7. Metro Vancouver Regional District
  8. Mount Waddington Regional District (Vancouver Island)
  9. Nanaimo Regional District
  10. Powell River Regional District
  11. Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District (Haida Gwaii)
  12. Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District (Mainland)
  13. Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
  14. Sunshine Coast Regional District
  15. Strathcona Regional District - Vancouver Island

Forest Districts

  1. Sunshine Coast Forest District (DSC)
  2. South Island Forest District (DSI)
  3. North Island - Central Coast Forest District - Mainland (DNI-M)
  4. North Island - Central Coast Forest District - Vancouver Island (DNI-VI)
  5. Chilliwack Forest District (DCK)
  6. Campbell River Forest District - Vancouver Island (DCR-VI)

Management Categories

Please note that some recommendations or photographs appearing in this section may not apply to this particular species.
  1. Habitat Specialist
Please cite these pages as: Pearson, Mike and Healey, M.C.2012. Species at Risk and Local Government: a Primer for BC. Stewardship Centre of British Columbia, Courtenay BC.
Scarletback Taildropper