Sooty Seahare

Aplysia fasciata

''Aplysia fasciata'', common name the "mottled sea hare", or the "sooty sea hare", is an Atlantic species of sea hare or sea slug, a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Aplysiidae.
Mottled Sea Hare It was smaller than my hand.
Seen in Ustica, Italy. Aplysia fasciata,Geotagged,Italy,Spring

Appearance

The length is up to 40 cm. The color is often black or dark brown with an orange or red line.

Distribution

This sea hare occurs in the Western Atlantic from New Jersey to Brazil, and in the Eastern Atlantic including the Mediterranean and the West African coast. It is a rare visitor to the seas off the southern British Isles .

Some consider the species ''Aplysia brasiliana'', found in the Atlantic coast of the Americas, to be a synonym of ''Aplysia fasciata'' with just a different regional colour pattern.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderAplysiida
FamilyAplysiidae
GenusAplysia
SpeciesA. fasciata
Photographed in
Italy