I was so excited because I thought that I had finally found "baby" A. dactylomela. Then I was more excited when I realized that they looked like A. parvula! I wrote Bill Rudman to find out if they were A. dactylomela or A parvula. Bill confirmed that they were A. parvula . Per Dr. Bill Rudman: "...The black edge to the parapodia are very typical of
this species. Another feature of this species is the wide opening on the
mantle, also edged in black, through which the shell can be seen. In most
species of Aplysia the opening [or foramen] through the mantle to the shell
is microscopic and can only be seen as a small papilla. Probably the
smallest species of Aplysia..."
The day that I photographed them was the only day that I found them. I looked every day after that day, but never saw them again.
Distribution is world wide in tropical to warm temperate waters.
Anne and her husband reside in Delray Beach, Florida. When not diving Florida waters, they spend their time diving and cruising the Bahamas on their trawler.
This month Anne is the featured photographer of the South Florida Underwater Photographic Society
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