Petalifera petalifera from Tunisia

August 23, 2006
From: Jeanne Zaouali

Dear Bill
Is it possible to identify this animal from the photograph?

Locality: Hergla (north of Sousse) Tunisian sahel, 9 meters, Tunisia, Mediterranean sea, 17 August 2006, Posidonia beds. Length: 12 mm. Photographer: Jeanne Zaouali.

Avec mes amitiés
Merci d'avance

Zaouali, J., 2006 (Aug 23) Petalifera petalifera from Tunisia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Jeanne,
This is a Sea Hare, and from its shape, size and colour and am pretty sure it is Petalifera petalifera. Like many of these small sea hares, they are probably much more common that collecting records suggest. I think they are often overlooked because of their cryptic colouration and flattened body.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Aug 23). Comment on Petalifera petalifera from Tunisia by Jeanne Zaouali. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Related messages

  1. Small Sea Hares from the Canary Islands
    From: Alejandro Escanez Perez, April 24, 2008
  2. Petalifera petalifera from Croatia
    From: Andrej Jaklin, May 12, 2005
  3. Petalifera petalifera from Turkey
    From: Baki Yokeş , October 16, 2003

Show factsheet and all related messages