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Aplysia extraordinaria Giant Sea Hare

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Giant Sea Hare - Aplysia extraordinaria, Australien 2015

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lexID:
12710 
AphiaID:
568187 
Scientific:
Aplysia extraordinaria 
German:
Riesen-Seehase 
English:
Giant Sea Hare 
Category:
Sea Hares 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Aplysiida (Order) > Aplysiidae (Family) > Aplysia (Genus) > extraordinaria (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Allan, ), 1932 
Occurrence:
Tasmanien, Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Singapore, South-Pazific 
Sea depth:
Meter 
Size:
2.36" - 15.75" (6cm - 40cm) 
Temperature:
- 82.4 °F (°C - 28°C) 
Food:
Algae, algae grazer, epiphytes feeder 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for aquarium keeping 
Offspring:
None 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
Red List:
Not evaluated (NE) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2020-01-18 17:22:59 

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Aplysia extraordinaria (Allan, 1932)

This large sea hare can grow to 40cm long. This species is found among seagrasses near reefs. Body large, fleshy and smooth, various shades of brown with small white spots.

The inner surface of the parapodia is dark with a pattern of irregular white blotchy bars and smaller white blotches. Large rhinophores, oral tentacles with frilly flaps. It releases purple ink when disturbed. It can swim by flapping its parapodia.

Feeds on seagrass.

Synonymised names:
Aplysia (Varria) extraordinaria (Allan, 1932)· accepted, alternate representation
Aplysia cronullae Eales, 1960 (uncertain synonym)
Aplysia denisoni E. A. Smith, 1884 (possible senior synonym)
Tethys extraordinaria Allan, 1932 (original combination)

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