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Slugs of Maryland: Biodiversity and Biology


Thu 10 / 14 / 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Online Zoom event

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Open to all

Limited Capacity: 50 spots available



Slow, simple, and slimy may be the first words that come to mind when you think of slugs, but The Natural History Society of Maryland invites us to think again. These mucus covered invertebrates can crawl on a razor blade or knife edge without a cut. Slugs, which are related to the octopus, can be friend or foe. They provide valuable ecosystem services but the wrong species in the wrong place can destroy agricultural crops. Learn about the natural history of these gastropods, how they differ from their cousins the snails, and what species, both native and introduced, you may find in Maryland.

Aydin Orstan, a native of Turkey, has a Ph.D. in chemistry, but his first love is natural history. Aydin retired three years ago from a rather boring government job to spend the rest of his life studying snails and rotifers. He is a research associate of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. Megan Paustian, who received her Ph.D. from the U of Md with a thesis on slugs, will contribute to the presentation.

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