Culturing larval Sea Hares

October 17, 2000
From: Bill Rudman

I have been asked quite regularly about how to culture larvae, and if it possible to just 'let nature take its course" when egg ribbons are laid in aquaria. I have just come across a paper on the culturing of Sea Hares in an aquarium from the egg, through the veliger larval stages, to metamorphosis and settlement. The methods and equipment required are clearly described.

Reference: Paige, J.A. (1986) The laboratory culture of two Aplysiids Aplysia brasiliana Rang, 1828 and Bursatella leachi plei (Rang, 1828) (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) in artificial seawater. The Veliger, 29(1): 64-69.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Oct 17) Culturing larval Sea Hares. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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