Aplysia oculifera  A. Adams & Reeve, 1850

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This sea hare Aplysia oculifera can be distinguished by the small brown eye-spots all over the head and parapodia. The name 'oculifera' means 'bearing eyes' which refers to the small black rings which could be compared with eyes. Aplysia oculifera is brown to olive-green flecked with white. The parapodia are tall and ruffled.
Some pictures of this species are identified in IPN at page 58 as Aplysia pulmonica  Gould, 1852, which was described from Hawaii, though pictures of specimens from Hawaii look pretty different, they are at Nudi Pixel as
Aplysia kurodai  Baba, 1937, though specimens from Japan also look pretty different.
Let me quote Bill Rudman:"Until someone is able to review the genus worldwide I cannot say whether A. kurodai is endemic to Japan and other parts of the NW Pacific, or whether it is a more widely spread species and so may have an earlier name from somewhere else."
I will keep this species as Aplysia oculifera  A. Adams & Reeve, 1850 until the dust settles, because this is the oldest valid name.
More information on Aplysia oculifera are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2013), published 21 June 2013, Aplysia oculifera  A. Adams & Reeve, 1850
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Aplysiida/Aplysia_oculifera.htm


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