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Updated 10/13/2013

Order Anaspida, Sea Hares

Sea hares have plump bodies with two sets of parapodia on the head.  The mantle is split laterally forming an opening for respiration.  Aplysia feed upon red algae and exude a noxious purple dye when disturbed.  Populations are dynamic, abundant some years, absent others.  They are hermaphroditic and may form mating chains containing many individuals.

Dolabella releasing defensive dye

 

HAWAII

Aplysia dactylomela

WHITE-SPECKLED SEA HARE

 

Aplysia parvula

SMALL SEA HARE

 

Aplysia oculifera

EYED SEA HARE

 

Stylocheilus striatus

LINED SEA HARE

 

Dolabella auricularia

EARED SEA HARE

 

Dolabrifera dolabrifera

COMMON SEA HARE

 

Stylocheilus longicauda

PELAGIC SEA HARE

 


EASTERN PACIFIC

Aplysia californica

CALIFORNIA SEA HARE

 

Aplysia vaccaria

GIANT SEA HARE