Malacology

Research

Our research is focussed mainly on terrestrial slugs. In addition to faunistic work and investigations of life history, we study mating behaviour and reproduction, partly because this is linked with speciation and taxonomy. Our research includes observations of mating behaviour, but also paternity analyses, estimations of fecundity, morphology, enzyme electrophoresis and DNA analyses.

A further focus is invasive pest species. This includes faunistic studies both in Europe and North America. We also study the immigration process of the slug pest Arion lusitanicus and its interaction with the native Arion rufus.

For research projects see Personal Home Pages of Reise and Hutchinson.