Species Index

Bursatella leachii
(Blainville, 1817)

Common Name: Ragged Sea Hare

Distribution: Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean Sea. In Australia recorded from all states.

Ecological Notes: Frequents estuaries and tidal rock pools where it feeds on micro algae growing on rocks or sand. Depth from shallow to 10 m.

Additional Notes: Variable colouration depending on substrate, may be light to dark brown with dark blotches and scattered blue spots. The body is covered with numerous long fleshy papillae and there are distinctive eye spots. Grows to a maximum length of 150 mm.

References: Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.52.