Species Images
Seen in rock pools, Far North, NZ
In a shallow rock pool at low tide, Far North, NZ. animal 50-60mm
A species of sea-hare found below low tide. Photographed off White Island. about 70mm
Key to Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
FW =
L =
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
I =

Aplysia (Pruvotaplysia) parvula Mörch, 1863

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Heterobranchia (Subclass) > Aplysiida (Order) > Aplysioidea (Superfamily) > Aplysiidae (Family) > Aplysiinae (Subfamily) > Aplysia (Genus) > Pruvotaplysia (Subgenus)
Size/Grows to:Height 29mm, Width 17mm, Length 75mm (animal)
Distribution:North and South Island. Worldwide tropical
Geographical Range:KACF
References and Publications:
  • 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.