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Sea Hare

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Scientific name
Aplysia sydneyensis
Common name
Sea Hare
Life on the Edge
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Nudibranchs and allies
Where to find
Seagrasses and seaweeds

Sea Hares are a group of large slug-like molluscs, with a thin shell hidden beneath folds in the skin, and obvious rolled tentacles. They have four horns on the head. The body colour of individuals varies, ranging from red to dark brown or green. Up to 20 cm long

These seemingly defenceless animals can produce a vivid purple dye to ward off predators if disturbed from their grazing. They have both male and female parts and often form long chains when mating.