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1 November 2017 The Exotic Slugs of the Genus Deroceras (Agriolimacidae) in Mexico: Morphological and Molecular Characterization, and New Data on Their Distribution
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This study reports the current distribution in Mexico of Deroceras laeve (Müller, 1774) and D. invadens Reise, Hutchinson, Schunack and Schlitt, 2011, both previously recorded, and the first records of D. reticulatum (Müller, 1774) in this country. The taxonomic identifications were made on the basis of morphology and DNA sequences of a fragment of the cytochrome oxidase I gene. A phylogenetic analysis by maximum likelihood was carried out in order to support the identification and to explore the association of Mexican specimens. D. reticulatum and D. invadens appear restricted to the central portion of the country while D. laeve is widely distributed. Due to the invasive and pest character of these species, it is important to know their distribution in the country and the possible risk to native fauna and crops.

Victoria Araiza-Gómez, Edna Naranjo-García, and Gerardo Zúñiga "The Exotic Slugs of the Genus Deroceras (Agriolimacidae) in Mexico: Morphological and Molecular Characterization, and New Data on Their Distribution," American Malacological Bulletin 35(2), 126-133, (1 November 2017). https://doi.org/10.4003/006.035.0205
Received: 29 November 2016; Accepted: 1 April 2017; Published: 1 November 2017
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