species: Aplysia argus in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Aplysia argus

©Barbara Banks: Aplysia argus about 18 cm long in the Lizard Island lagoon. Note black marking on tail.

©Barbara Banks: Aplysia argus about 18 cm long in the Lizard Island lagoon.

©Barbara Banks: Aplysia argus 18 cm long in the Lizard Island lagoon.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Anaspidea
Family Aplysiidae
Genus Aplysia
Species Aplysia argus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 35 cm (length according to Coleman, 2008)


Similar taxa

  • Animalia: species: Aplysia dactylomela
    is a valid species that is now known to be restricted to the Atlantic Ocean. The name was used in the past for Aplysia argus in the Pacific (WORMS accessed 7 Jul 2020).


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Humann, P. and N. Deloach (2010). Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Other references

  • Coleman, N. (2008). Nudibranchs Encyclopedia: Catalogue of Asia/ Indo-Pacific Sea Slugs Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic, Springwood, Qld.
  • Waegele, H., I. Burghardt, N. Anthes, J. Evertsen, A. Klussman-Kolb and G. Brodie (2006). Species diversity of opisthobranch molluscs on Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, In: Contemporary studies into the systematics and evolution of opisthobranch molluscs, (Eds. G. Brodie, S. Fahey and F.E. Wells), Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 69: 33-59. LIRS catalog number 1036.