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Scientific name: Aplysia parvula
Common name: Dwarf sea hare
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Mollusca Not Defined Gastropoda Not defined Anaspidea Not defined Noctuoidea Not defined Aplysia Aplysia parvula

       

Short Description:

The dwarf sea hare is round-bodied and smooth-skinned with a slender head bearing extensions which resemble rabbit ears. There are wing-like flaps (parapodia) extending from the body, which is brown to maroon or olive green in colour and may be covered with clusters of white spots

Identification
features:
Smallest of sea hares.Can be distinguished by it smooth body and clusters of white spots
Size: 70mm
Behaviour: Hides during the day and emerges at night to to feed.Its egg mass is a tangled mass of sticky orange, green or brown strings found under rocks or among algae 
Diet: The species is a specialised herbivore, feeding on red algae 
Distribution: Capetown to Sodwana bay
Depth: This is a circumtropical sea hare. It usually occurs in less than 5m of water, but is occasionally found in water as deep as 24m
Habitat: Subtidal rocky pools 
Reference:
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/
  • Nudibranchs of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay
    Guido Zsilavecz 
Similar Species:

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-02-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Tidal pools 20 20mm 1m Fujifilm FinePix A500 photo
Johan Swanepoel-(Port Elizabeth) 2010-02-27 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Tidal pools 20 20mm 1m Fujifilm FinePix A500 photo
 
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