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Depilatory Sea Hare

Aplysia depilans

Description:

Redish sea hare with light markings/blotches all over the body, about 4.5 cm

Habitat:

tidal pools hiding in rocks, São Pedro do Estoril beach

Notes:

Found eating algae Ulva. Can anyone confirm the id? "Vinagreira" ou "lebre-do-mar"

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7 Comments

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

LOL! :-) I wonder if they put them on their heads for a while??...
In any case, nice spotting ;-)

mendes.madalena
mendes.madalena 7 years ago

Well according to wikipedia it's a myth between sailors that the sea hare caused hair loss :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

I am very intrigued about the name Madalena? do you know why did they call it "depilatory"?

mendes.madalena
mendes.madalena 7 years ago

thanks Pedro, i think so too

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 7 years ago

More people should definitely check this spotting. So intriguing and unique!

mendes.madalena
mendes.madalena 7 years ago

thanks Pedro! he sure is

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 7 years ago

This is such an exquisite animal! Beautiful colours and pattern, I love it.

mendes.madalena
Spotted by
mendes.madalena

Portugal

Spotted on Jul 25, 2013
Submitted on Jul 26, 2013

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