In Canada, the dromedary jumping-slug is listed as ‘Threatened’ by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), which determines the status of species that are considered to be at risk in the country (4) (7). It is also protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), which provides it with legal protection and aims to secure necessary actions for its recovery. In addition, the dromedary jumping-slug receives protection under the Canada National Parks Act where it occurs within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (3). In the United States, the dromedary jumping-slug currently receives no special legal status (4).
A recovery strategy published for the dromedary jumping-slug includes objectives such as protecting the areas where the species occurs, identifying and tackling the threats it faces, and undertaking research to find out more about its biology and habitat needs (6). It will also be important to clarify the extent of its distribution (2) (8) and to ensure that key habitat features, such as decaying logs, are maintained within forests (8).
Its strange appearance and bizarre escape behaviour make the dromedary jumping-slug a potentially useful flagship species for the conservation of old-growth forest habitats and the invertebrate communities that inhabit them (4). This slug is also likely to be an important component of its ecosystem, helping to decompose and recycle organic material on the forest floor, and providing food for other animals (6). Public education programmes are helping to raise awareness of this and other terrestrial invertebrates in British Columbia (3), and research on the dromedary jumping-slug and its habitat may also benefit other slug species that are at risk (6).