Aplysia depilans
Gmelin, 1791

Superfamily: APLYSIOIDEA
Family: Aplysiidae


SW British Isles, Atlantic coast of France to Mediterranean, West Africa.


Banyuls sur Mer, Mediterranean coast of France, March 1991, on rock in upper sublittoral. Lower photo - closeup of parapodial lobe showing reticulate veining and pinkish parapodial margin. PHOTO: Daniel Geiger

Grows to about 30cm. Brown to greenish-brown with blotches of white, yellow or grey, often with blackish veining (see lower photo). The parapodial lobes are joined rather high posteriorly and the foot often forms a temporary sucker. Mediterranean animals are reported to swim. Produces both white and purple secretions when disturbed.

• Thompson, T.E. & Brown, G.H. (1984) Biology of Opisthobranch Molluscs, Vol 2. Ray Society: London.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (September 29) Aplysia depilans Gmelin, 1791. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/aplydepi

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