Dolabrifera dolabrifera

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Dolabrifera dolabrifera
A live individual of Dolabrifera dolabrifera, head end at the upper left
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Euopisthobranchia
clade Aplysiomorpha
Superfamily: Aplysioidea
Family: Aplysiidae
Genus: Dolabrifera
Species: D. dolabrifera
Binomial name
Dolabrifera dolabrifera
(Rang, 1828)
  • Aplysia ascifera Rang, 1828
  • Aplysia dolabrifera Cuvier, 1817[1] (nomen nudum)
  • Aplysia oahouensis Souleyet, 1852
  • Dolabrifera ascifera (Rang, 1828)
  • Dolabrifera cuvieri H. Adams & A. Adams, 1854 (unnecessary substitute name for Dolabrifera dolabrifera)
  • Dolabrifera maillardi Deshayes, 1863
  • Dolabrifera nicaraguana Pilsbry, 1896
  • Dolabrifera olivacea Pease, 1860
  • Dolabrifera sowerbyi G.B. Sowerby II, 1868
  • Dolabrifera swiftii Pilsbry, 1896
  • Dolabrifera virens A. E. Verrill, 1901

Dolabrifera dolabrifera is a species of sea hare, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Aplysiidae, the sea hares.[3]


This species occurs worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas and oceans.


The maximum recorded length is 108 mm.[4]


The minimum recorded depth for this species is 0 m; the maximum recorded depth is 3 m.[4]

Life cycle[edit]

Dolabrifera dolabrifera egg ribbon 5 days old
Dolabrifera dolabrifera egg 7 days old, just before hatching
Veliger larva of sea hare Dolabrifera dolabrifera, one day after hatching


  1. ^ Cuvier G. L. (1817). La Règne Animal. Volume 2. (Gasteropodes), Volume 4.
  2. ^ Rudman W. B. (2003) "Dolabrifera dolabrifera (Rang, 1828) " Archived May 5, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.. SeaSlugForum, accessed 16 September 2011.
  3. ^ Bouchet, P. (2010). Dolabrifera dolabrifera (Rang, 1828). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 31 March 2012
  4. ^ a b Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.
  • Keen M. (1971). Sea shells of Tropical West America. Marine mollusks from Baja California to Perú. (2nd edit.). Stanford University Press pp. 1064:
  • Bebbington A. (1977) Aplysiid species from Eastern Australia with notes on the Pacific Ocean Aplysiomorpha (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia). Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 34: 87-147.
  • Rolán E., 2005. Malacological Fauna From The Cape Verde Archipelago. Part 1, Polyplacophora and Gastropoda.
  • Rosenberg, G., F. Moretzsohn, and E. F. García. 2009. Gastropoda (Mollusca) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 579–699 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.

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