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Dolabella auricularia

(Lightfoot, 1786)

Wedge Sea Hare

Jacinta Kong (2012)

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Summary


Physical Description


Ecology


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Anatomy & Physiology


Evolution & Systematics


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Summary

The wedge sea hare (Dolabella auricularia) is a species of the order Anaspidea, the sea hares. The wedge sea hare lives under rocks in the intertidal and sub-tidal areas of coral reefs where it eats seaweed. The wedge sea hare is easily distinguishable because of the triangular body shape the back end of the animal create; it looks like a warty green sea cucumber cut in half. Like all sea hares, the wedge sea hare releases purple ink when startled. 


Glossary
Species: A group of organisms which can interbreed and produce fertile offspring.
Intertidal: The region between the low tide mark and the high tide mark which is submerged by the sea on a daily cycle.
Sub-tidal: The area of the shore or reef which is just under the area influenced by daily tidal movements.

Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Aplysiida
Superfamily
Aplysioidea