Aplysia oculifera laying eggs

May 14, 2005
From: Dong Bum Koh

Dear Bill,
Here are some photos of what I think is Aplysia oculifera with its eggs for the Sea Slug Forum. See also my other messages [#13760, #13768 ], 

Locality: Hwa Soon, Jeju Island, Sth Korea. Depth: 4 m. Length: About 50 mm. 19. Dec. 2004. Sandy bottom with Rock Wall. Photographer: Youn Byung Ro

Best regards,
Dong Bum Koh

drkoh@seasee.co.kr

D. B. Koh, 2005 (May 14) Aplysia oculifera laying eggs. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13759

Dear Koh,
Thanks for these interesting photos. In the upper photo we can see the eggs vary in colour from green to creamy-yellow in one egg ribbon. I have included a closeup to show that what seem to be a single egg with the naked eye is a capsule containing a cluster of many eggs. The number of eggs varies from species to species in Aplysia. For example, in A. fasciata there are approx 40 eggs per capsule while in A. punctata there are only 3 or 4. I have also included another close-up alongside to show the characteristic eye spots.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (May 14). Comment on Aplysia oculifera laying eggs by Dong Bum Koh. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13759

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