Few animals in creation could stand to gain more from a makeover than the slug, both physically and in terms of its reputation.
They are slimy, soft lumps of shell-less snails whose most noteworthy features are that they are hermaphrodites, have corkscrew-shaped genitalia and engage in the absolutely horrifying mating practice of apophallation.
"Hey guys, would you like me more if I also came in pink?"
Yeah, I think we would, slug. Sounds cool.
And that's just what we've got now: hot pink slugs, newly identified as a unique species by researchers in Australia. The slugs are not a new discovery -- you know, it's tough to camouflage when you're neon -- but they had previously been thought to be a variety of the common red triangle slug.
The mollusk is found on eastern Australia's isolated Mount Kaputar and Australia National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Michael Murphy tells National Geographic the mountain may be the only place in the world where the slug lives.
Aside from its very distinctive color, the slug is also noteworthy for its length -- though you'd be forgiven for not immediately noticing. At eight inches long, it's almost double the length of an iPhone.
That means we're getting dangerously close to returning to "slugs are gross" territory -- and all hot pink goodwill is completely shot if they still do that apophallation stuff, too.
Murphy says it's possible the animal's color evolved as a way to disguise itself from predators among the mountain's colorful, fallen leaves. But, since many of the slugs are found high up on tree trunks, he says, "it is possible that the color is just a quirk of evolution. I think if you are isolated on a remote mountaintop, you can pretty much be whatever color you like."
And if you're the lowly, generally maligned slug, what better color to pick than pink?
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