|Title||Loping locomotion in terrestrial gastropods|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1989|
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.