Photographed by: Graham Abbott
As with all species of Petalifera and Dolabrifera, it has numerous papillae on its back that can be either extended and then they are quite easily visible (as in this photo), or retracted and then they are invisible.
Note tubercles with black rings around them, eyes in ‘clear’ spots, pinky purple tones on tubercles.
This small, flattened sea hare (family Aplysiidae) is characterised by the numerous, firm tubercles scattered all over the body. The largest tubercles ones have a white, branched process with numerous white filaments at the summit resembling a sea anemone, that can be extended out (as in this photo) or contracted back into the papilla.
Not a clear image because the head is contracted and out of focus.
An unusual small sea hare that is intimately associated with brown algae (Padina sp.). This individual is crawling actively and so its body is unusually stretched out.
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