Aplysia cf. parvula
Guilding in Morch, 1863
Two animals, one much smaller than the other. The small animal stayed on top of the larger, with its penis inserted in the larger animal for at least 2 days. Koumac, New Caledonia, October 1993. 14, 33mm long alive. PHOTO: Bill Rudman.
This dark brown Aplysia with paler borders to the parapodia and to the rhinophores and oral tentacles is relatively common in the western Pacific. It has a similar size range, and shape, to Aplysia parvula and is usually considered a colour form of that species.
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• Morch, O.A.L. (1863). Contributions a la faune malacologique des Antilles danoises. Journal de Conchyliologie 11: 21-43.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (April 25) Aplysia cf. parvula Guilding in Morch, 1863. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/aplycfpa
Aplysia cf parvula from Indonesia
From: Indra Swari, December 7, 2006
Aplysia cf. parvula from the Red Sea
From: Oren Lederman, March 22, 2006
Aplysia cf parvula from the Red Sea
From: Oren Lederman, May 25, 2005
Aplysia cf. parvula from Mayotte
From: Marina Poddubetskaia, December 16, 2003
Aplysia cf. parvula from Mauritius
From: Marina Poddubetskaia, November 16, 2002
Re: Aplysia cf. parvula (?) from the Red Sea
From: Erwin Koehler, April 7, 2002
Aplysia cf. parvula (?) from the Red Sea
From: Dr. Jacob Dafni, March 30, 2002
Unknown Aplysia from the Philippines
From: Erwin Koehler, April 25, 1999