Aplysia sydneyensis

Sea Hare


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This sea slug would have been about 5 " in length. It had mottling of cream and brown. The ear-like sensory clubs or rhinophores and oral tentacle were withdrawn and the usually extended side flaps called parapodia were flipped back. The mantle and atrophied shell could be seen (pic 5) as a reddish radiating structure.
I have the expert Mattt Nimbs to thank for the ID. He says "Definitely Aplysia. And yes probably A sydneyensis, there is a wheel like pattern of radiating stripes on the mantle that sits over the vestigial shell: a distinguishing characteristic of sydneyensis"

Date & Time

  2018-01-20 03:47 PM


  -38.396259 , 145.115783 : 2.312 m

Near Balnarring Beach VIC 3926, Australia


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  1. David Francis  Aplysia sydneyensis added.

    Reply • 27 Jan 2018

  2. Leuba Ridgway  Thank you David.

    Reply • 01 Feb 2018

NS Observation No. 5A6BEA57ED2A89D02A001108
Created 2018-01-27 02:03 PM (almost 2 years ago)
Created By Leuba Ridgway
Updated 2018-05-28 03:25 PM (over 1 year ago)
Updated By Leuba Ridgway
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