Dolabella auricularia (Lightfoot, 1786)

Dolabella auricularia is a large, wedge-shaped sea hare that is relatively common in the Marshalls. Large specimens are most often seen at night on lagoon pinnacles and on the seaward reef. As the first photo below shows, they can release a reddish-maroon ink when disturbed. It is also common in Hawaii.

Below is the anterior end of a large specimen.

Juveniles are often more greenish in color and can be found under rocks.

Created 31 January 2007
Updated 17 May 2012

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