Aplysia juliana (Quay and Gaimard, 1832)

Aplysia juliana
Aplysia juliana
Photographer: 
Matt Nimbs
Date: 
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Location: 
Low Reef, Sandy Beach
Depth: 
1m
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. All Australian waters including Tasmania. Circumtropical distribution in tropical and temperate waters.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents intertidal and subtidal algal and seagrass habitats. 

Additional Notes:

Specimen pictured 50mm in length, discovered in intertidal rock pool. This species lacks the gland that produces the reddish purple coloured ink found in some other sea hare species. It also is able to use the posterior end of the foot as a temporary sucker, enabling it to extend to reach food sources. Known to reach at least 200mm in length.

References:

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. Pp.50-51.