Pink slug native only to Mount Kaputar in NSW survives bushfire that ...

Incredibly rare fluorescent pink slugs that live on just one mountaintop survive devastating bushfires that wiped out one billion animals Incredibly rare fluorescent pink slugs have survived devastating bushfires  The slugs live on top of Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, an extinct volcano  Around 90 per cent were killed but they are expected to recover in five years  Over one billion animals have been lost in the recent bushfire crisis 

By Tom Place and Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 02:25 GMT, 29 January 2020 | Updated: 02:46 GMT, 29 January 2020

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A species of fluorescent pink slug that live on just one mountaintop in NSW has miraculously survived devastating bushfires.  

The unusual slugs live on Mount Kaputar, an extinct volcano, and  can grow longer than a human hand.

It was feared the colourful molluscs had been wiped out completely by the blazes which devastated 18,000 hectares of land.

But around 60 were spotted by National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers after recent rainfall.

Malacologist Frank  Köhler told the Guardian that the Mount Kaputar slugs probably survived the bushfires by retreating into rock crevices. 

A species of fluorescent pink slug that live on just one mountaintop in NSW has miraculously survived devastating bushfires

A species of fluorescent pink slug that live on just one mountaintop in NSW has miraculously survived devastating bushfires 

The unusual slugs live on Mount Kaputar, an extinct volcano, and can grow longer than a human hand

The unusual slugs live on Mount Kaputar, an extinct volcano, and can grow longer than a human hand

However Mr Köhler said the slugs would probably struggle to bounce back as the fires would have destroyed their main source of food, fungi moss and mould.

He also said that around 90 per cent of the population had most likely been wiped out which had serious implications for the wider ecosystem. 

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