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I would definitely say this was Aplysia brasiliana, which seems to be so common to this area from reading other Forum queries. Please help...everyone is anxious to find out what the heck this thing is. I have tentatively identified it as Aplysia brasiliana, but would appreciate confirmation or correction of this. Also today Sunday the littlest one went into the corner and started laying eggs ... or at least that is what it looks like. I read the post from Vinicius about the Aplysia fasciata Vs. Aplysia brasiliana [message #19409 ].

I have no idea if it is a rare to find them in numbers this far north. Dear Melanie,I suspect the stormy weather you mention is the most probable reason for this 'burrowing'. My family and I spotted this Sea Hare  (Aplysia ) while in Charleston, South Carolina. I am afraid the sea hares worldwide are in need of considerable revision. Length: 8 to 10 inches. However in Jean Andrews book (1981: Texas Shells, University of Texas Press: Austin) a species which looks like Anne's photos, is identified as Aplysia brasiliana and its swimming behaviour commented on. Thanks, Amy Peterson. I ALSO HAVE WILD AND ENDANGERED ANIMALS waiting for your response :). You've been extremely helpful, and gotten me really interested in these creatures. Photo: Marco Island Dock 34145.

Any chance of a photo to put on the Forum? FBI says IRAN is responsible for fake 'Proud Boys' emails threatening Democrat voters to vote Trump 'in an effort to hurt the president' and says Russia is interfering in voter registration, 'Can you imagine if I had a secret Chinese bank account? Migratory molluscs, with emphasis on swimming and orientation in the sea hare, Aplysia. (1977) On the Anaspidea of the warm waters of the western Atlantic. "Another was found at the same place in 1997. Bill Rudman. A good photo of the mantle cavity can be seen on the Syphonota geographica page.Best wishes,Bill Rudman. Thanks for any info you can provided. Often they mate in pairs, one acting as male, the other as female, but in large groups they can form mating chains. Hi, I saw them here for the first time last year but seems they are in abundance this year. Dear Bill,Thanks for your comments [#12434]. Hello, The Mottled Sea Hare can defend with a cloud of purple ink and they are known to be good swimmers. Very variable in colour. It is apparent from your messages that they are being found along the coast of both North and South Carolina, USA. page. 2009. It would also be useful way to compare their external shape and movement to see if there are any obvious differences, such as parapodial size, shape of rhinophores and oral tentacles, length of 'tail' etc. Have a look at the mantle cavity page for more details. Bill Rudman. I was wondering if anyone could help determine what species, if at all, of sea slug this was. It is a rare visitor to the seas off the southern British Isles (the related A. punctata is regular along most British coasts, as well as the northeast Atlantic). Concerning message #4220. If it is still alive, why don't you introduce it to a nice unspotted A. brasiliana and see if they recognise each other? Photographer: Linda Ianniello. Also, these animals often get smaller when they are near the end of life and so you can not really judge their age by their size in these old animals. Locality: Sunset Beach, 0.0, North Carolina, USA, Atlantic Ocean, 06 June 2006, intertidal. I took it home and placed it in my aquarium. The Man was trying to sell it & wouldn't divulge where he had collected it. After looking through all of the pictures you have here, the one it most closely resembles is the Aplysia sagamiana? Abstract Aplysia morio is commonly known as the Undertaker or as the sooty sea hare due to its black coloration. After I walked away a deep pinkish purple color flooded the water. Firstly I find many lists of names on the web to be traps for the uninitiated - especially those that seem to have no author or authors listed as responsible compilers of the list. (1993) Asymmetry of male and female mating in mixed-species groups of Aplysia fasciata Poiret and Aplysia brasiliana Rang (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Your animal is almost certainly Aplysia brasiliana. The Mottled Sea Hare lives on rocky ground, preferring regions with algae growth. Note added 25 March 2004: See message #12545 proposing that A. brasiliana is a synonym of A. fasciata. Locality: Honey Moon beach, Florida, 6 inchs, florida, gulf of mexico, may 26 2007, low tide. For it to be so open as this suggest the animal is quite sick. Have a look at each of these other pages and you will find messages from other peole who have found these animals in Florida. Marcus, Ev. Normally Aplysia fasciata, which is one of the most beautiful animals I've ever seen. It is good to get a name on Anne's animal. The posts are covered with oysters and it looked as if the Sea Hare was feeding on the shells. It's very difficult to help without a description or  a photo. Grows to 200mm long, swims. >. It has also been recorded from West Africa. I sent it to Dr. Thomas H. Carefoot, University of British Columbia, and this is his response: "It is, indeed, an Aplysia ... A. brasiliana to be precise. Verril, 1901) is a dark-colored, large (up to 40 cm, or 16 inches) sea slug (a gastropod mollusks without an external shell) that presents the typical, wing-like parapodia and internal shell characteristic of the genus Aplysia. Aplysia fasciata is a hermaphrodite, the animal with the larger sexual drive takes the male role. 7 February 2005. It is also a swimmer.Best wishes,Bill Rudman. Length: 12 inches. It would "fly" in the water like a sting ray, buried itself in sand with a "air tube" sticking up through the sand. If you continue to use the website, we assume your consent. It looks like it does when I look at it. 15 cm. Do you mean you saw it swimming or do you mean it flaps its parapodia as though it was trying to swim? After looking up information I am sure that it was a sea slug, I just don't know what kind of species slug it was, or if there are more prevalent species in the Carolina area that might help to narrow down my search. Aplysia (/ ə ˈ p l ɪ ʒ (i) ə /) is a genus of medium-sized to extremely large sea slugs, specifically sea hares, which are one clade of large sea slugs, marine gastropod mollusks. The ink takes on a purple hue, a result of eating red algae. near intercoastal. Most Sea Hares are fairly seasonal with egg laying in early spring and sometimes in late summer. They are often seen swimming in groups, along tide pools and rocks. As you can see, animals with and without red parapodial border occur together. Dear Joey, Sea Hares are not dangerous to touch, and seem to stand a fair bit of gentle 'petting' 'touching' and 'prodding' by kids. I have written to two women who wrote to you. The tentacles however were different- they had a more defined shape to them - more "bulbous". We were hoping that you may be able to help us out, as my internet search isn't coming up with a satisfactory answer. I never knew we had such creatures in our waters, they are beautiful. So I wonder if this one is damaged? We believe these animals are Aplysia brasiliana. PS: I have an video with A. brasiliana swimming. See also the Purple Ink Page. Bill Rudman. Rang's original illustration of Aplysia brasiliana is of a dark blackish grey species, rather different from Anne's photos.

"It is the largest and rarest of three species of sea hare found around the British Isles," he said.

Dear Bruce,As they say 'a picture is worth more than a 1000 words'. When they are not swimming they are stuck to the side of the tank moving around like a slug. Grows to 300mm, swims. It is 5cm long. @natsukah: Dozens of them! From your description I would suspect your animal was Aplysia brasiliana. San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily '04.

•Aplysia fasciata Poiret, 1789 - East Atlantic. I love these guys! If you look at the A. juliana Fact Sheet you will see it has an unusual way of crawling along - often forming the back of the foot into a rounded sucker. and B.J. I have not seen a slug quite like this one before and would be interested on learning more about it. Thanks for the picture on this website.

I am a graduate student at the University of South Alabama. The first two photos are dorsal views and the last is a lateral view (the foot of the slug being on the right hand side). It was swimming around a boat dock, mainly on the surface, but sometimes venturing deeper into the water.

I've seen what people tell me are Sea Slugs around my home in Sarasota, Florida. one of the guys i know told me it was a sea snail but i think it is a sea slug and i think it got bigger. If you have any information on your research, or on other Caribbean sea hares, it would be very welcome on the Forum.Best wishes,Bill Rudman. Best wishes, That must look really weird.

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