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Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Heterobranchia (Subclass) > Euthyneura (Infraclass) > Tectipleura (Subterclass) > Aplysiida (Order) > Aplysioidea (Superfamily) > Aplysiidae (Family)
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  • Family: Aplysiidae

  • Aplysia argus Rüppell & Leuckart, 1830
    Height 40mm, Length 400mm (animal), Marine
    Northland. Worldwide in warm seas KA
  • Aplysia extraordinaria (Allan, 1932)
    Length 400mm (animal), Sea Hare, Marine, An active swimmer, vigorously flapping its large parapodia and flexing its body up and down
    Kermadec Islands. Several specimens seen subtidally down to 30 metres in sand and fine gravel. Great Barrier Island below low tide KA
  • Aplysia juliana (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)
    Length 300mm (animal), Marine
    North, South and Stewart Island. Intertidal and shallow subtidal. Also widespread in Pacific Ocean ACF
  • Aplysia keraudreni Rang, 1828
    Height 70mm, Width 52mm, Length 250mm (animal), Marine
    North and South Islands. Also Society Islands ACF
  • Aplysia parvula Mörch, 1863
    Height 29mm, Width 17mm, Length 75mm (animal), Marine
    North and South Island. Worldwide tropical KACF
  • Aplysia sagamiana Baba, 1949
    Length 350mm (animal), Marine
  • Bursatella leachii Blainville, 1817
    Length 120mm (animal), Ragged Sea Hare, Marine, No internal shell
    North Island A
  • Dolabrifera brazieri G.B. Sowerby II, 1870
    Height 16mm, Width 7mm, Length 100mm (animal), Marine
    Northland east coast. Also New South Wales, Australia and Kermadec Islands KA
  • Stylocheilus longicauda (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
    Length 75mm (animal), Marine, Shell absent. Slimmer body and longer tail than Bursatella leachii
    Northland, low intertidal. Also New South Wales, Australia and Lord Howe Island, intertidal to subtidal down to at least 27 metres A
  • Stylocheilus striatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)
    Circum-tropical (Indo-West Pacific and Atlantic) A
Key to Geographical Ranges
NZ Map showing 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 approximation 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
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