March 30, 2002
From: Dr. Jacob Dafni
Dear Dr. Rudman
Upon searching Aplysid pictures in your list, I found your identification of a dark specimen from the Philippines. The attached picture, taken at Eilat, Red Sea in 1997, seems to me of the same pattern. It was ca. 6 cm large.
Actually, A. parvula was recorded from the Red Sea [Dekker & Orlin (2000) checklist of Red Sea Mollusca. Spirula Newsletter, Vol 47 suppl.]
Dr. Jacob Dafni
email@example.comDafni, J., 2002 (Mar 30) Aplysia cf. parvula (?) from the Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6538
Yes this certainly looks like the species I have seen at odd times throughout the Indo-West Pacific. Considering how many names have been given to Sea Hares from this region I would be surprised if there isn't one to fit it, but I have not discovered it as yet.
True A. parvula has a circumtropical distribution and has been recorded from many parts of the Indo-West Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. It has been known from the northern Indian Ocean [Aden] from at least 1960 (Eales, 1960).
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
Unknown Aplysia from the Philippines
From: Erwin Koehler, April 25, 1999