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SEA HARE (Aplysia dactylomela)
Biodiversity > Marine Life > Molluscs > Snails and Slugs

Sea hare

Some sea snails have shells that are greatly reduced or even non-existent - called sea slugs. One common sea slug seen in many tidal pools at Lord Howe Island is called the Sea hare Aplysia dactylomela. This mottled brown sea slug gets its name because the two tentacles extending from the head look (with a little imagination) like rabbit's ears. When gently squeezed, or accidently trodden upon, these animals expel a strong purple dye to repulse attackers. They are, in fact, quite harmless and can be seen quietly grazing on the marine algae.


Size: to 20cm

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