Loping locomotion in terrestrial gastropods

TitleLoping locomotion in terrestrial gastropods
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsPearce TAllen
JournalWalkerana
Volume3
Issue10
Pagination229-237
KeywordsTERRESTRIAL
Abstract

When gastropods lope, the sole forms arches and contact points through which the body and sole of the gastropod flow, leaving a dotted mucous trail. Contrary to earlier reports, loping is not faster than ordinary gliding locomotion in which the whole sole is in contact with the substrate. Loping may benefit the gastropod by conserving moisture, or by reducing contact with irritating substrates. Loping is reported for the first time in a terrestrial slug, and for some other species not previously known to lope.