young, 3 mm
Aplysia oculifera (Adams & Reeve,
|Maximum size: 60 mm (Kay,
This is a brown to olive-green sea hare flecked with white and usually
with small white and brown ocelli on the sides of its parapodia. The
parapodia are tall and ruffled.
is a moderately common (though sporadic) sea hare found in protected to moderately exposed
rocky habitats and Halimeda kanaloana
beds at depths of < 1 to 9 m (< 3 to 30 ft). Scott Johnson also
reports it from the intertidal (Bertsch and Johnson, 1981). It lays a tangled yellow egg string and, like many Aplysia spp, releases purple mucous when disturbed.
Big Island, Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Midway: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
referred to as the "eyed sea hare" in Hoover, 1998 & 2006. It's
likely that the animal listed as an undetermined form of Tethys in
Edmondson, 1946 was this species.
Photo: CP: 20
mm: found by PF; Maalaea Bay, Maui; April 6, 2005.
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