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Aplysia dactylomela Rang 1828

Black-tailed or Green-spotted sea hare



Gillian Lawrence (2011)

 

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Brief Summary

Aplysia dactylomela are herbivorous gastropod molluscs that belong to the group Opisthobranchia, informally referred to as sea slugs (Rupert, Fox & Barnes 2004). Despite their slug-like appearance however, sensory appendages known as rhinophores, are said to be reminiscent of rabbit ears and have lead to them being more commonly referred to as ‘sea hares’ (Carefoot 1987). Unlike most gastropods though, Aplysia have only a reduced shell, covered by the mantle cavity, that is the result of an evolutionary secondary detorsion (Rupert, Fox and Barnes 2004). As simultaneous hermaphrodites, Aplysia are often found in intertwined groups known as mating chains (Carefoot 1987).

With a widespread distribution through tropical to temperate waters, Aplysia dactylomela are the most commonly occurring Aplysia species to be found around Heron Island, on the Great Barrier Reef (Marshall & Willan 1999). They frequent the shallow intertidal to littoral zone of the reef flat and can often be found feeding on patches of red, green or brown algae (Marshall & Willan 1999).

Classification

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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Mollusca
Class
Gastropoda
Order
Aplysiida
Superfamily
Aplysioidea
Family
Aplysiidae
Genus
Aplysia

Synonyms

Aplysia aequorea (Heilprin, 1888)
Aplysia bourailli (Risbec, 1951)
Aplysia dactylomela (Rang, 1828)
Aplysia megaptera (Verrill, 1900)
Aplysia ocellata (d'Orbigny, 1839)
Aplysia protea (Rang, 1828)
Aplysia schrammi (Deshayes, 1857)

Common Names

large-spotted sea hare
Flügel-Seehase
Geringelter Seehase
Großfleckiger Seehase
ジャノメアメフラシ