NZ Mollusca

Aplysia (Pruvotaplysia) parvula Mörch, 1863

Aplysia parvulaSeen in rock pools, Far North, NZ
Aplysia parvulaIn a shallow rock pool at low tide, Far North, NZ, animal 50-60mm
Aplysia parvulaA species of sea-hare found below low tide. Photographed off White Island, about 70mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Heterobranchia - Aplysiida - Aplysiidae: Aplysiinae - Aplysia (Pruvotaplysia)
Size/Grows to: Height 29mm, Width 17mm, Length 75mm (animal)
Distribution: North and South Island. Worldwide tropical [K.A.C.F.]
Some known Localities
  • St. Vincent, West Indies, North Atlantic Ocean, (holotype)
  • Kapowairua, Spirits Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Tapotupotu Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • Lyall Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • Otago Peninsula, NZ
  • Brighton, SW of Dunedin, Otago, NZ
  • Nimbs, M.J., Willan, R.C., Smith, S.D.A. 2017 Is Port Stephens, eastern Australia, a global hotspot for biodiversity of Aplysiidae (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia), Molluscan Research, 37 (p.62)
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W. 2015 Intertidal records of 'sea slugs' (nudibranchs and allied opisthobranch gastropods) from northern North Island, New Zealand, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 50 (p.59)
  • Brook, F.J., Marshall, B.A. 1998 The coastal molluscan fauna of the northern Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 28 (p.231)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979 New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.281)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.