Dolabrifera dolabrifera

Dolabrifera dolabrifera (Rang, 1828)

Dolabrifera dolabrifera @ Bom Bom Island, Principe by Peter Wirtz
Class: Gastropoda  Cuvier, 1797
Subclass: Heterobranchia  J.E. Gray, 1840
Clade: Euthyneura Spengel, 1881
Clade: Euopisthobranchia  Jörger et al., 2010
Clade: Aplysiomorpha  Pelseneer, 1906
Superfamily: Aplysioidea  Lamarck, 1809
Family: Aplysiidae  Lamarck, 1809
Genus: Dolabrifera  J.E. Gray, 1847
Species: Dolabrifera dolabrifera (Rang, 1828) [Aplysia]


  • Aplysia ascifera Rang, 1828
  • Aplysia dolabrifera Rang, 1828 (original)
  • Aplysia oahouensis Souleyet, 1852
  • Dolabrifera ascifera (Rang, 1828)
  • Dolabrifera cuvieri H. Adams & A. Adams, 1854
  • 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. From Latin “dolabra”, two sided tool like an ax or hatchet + “fero”, to bring, to carry.


Known georeferenced records of the species: Dolabrifera dolabrifera (z-200).
: GROC 2010-2011 : VIMAR
: Enric Madrenas : Manuel Ballesteros.
: João Pedro Silva : M@re Nostrum
: Bernard Picton : Other sources
: GBIF.ORG : Marine Regions

References for the species: Dolabrifera dolabrifera

    Canarias: Martínez Cueto-Felgueroso (1995), Malaquias and Calado (1997), Ortea et al. (2001, 2003), Moro et al. (2003). Madeira: Ledoyer (1967, as ? Phyllaplysia depressa), Wirtz (1995a,b), Malaquias and Cervera (unpubl. data).

    Sources: Cervera et al., 2004, Ballesteros, 2007, McDonald, 2006 and other sources.


        Western Mediterranean:0 Stars
        Eastern Mediterranean:0 Stars
        Atlantic Ocean:2 Stars
This chart displays the observation probability for Dolabrifera dolabrifera
based on our own records.


Dolabrifera dolabrifera by Ariane Dimitris

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Bibliography based on the works by Steve Long, 2006. Bibliography of Opisthobranchia 1554-2000 and Gary McDonald, 2009. Bibliographia Nudibranchia, with later updates from other resources.

Further reading

Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes et al. (2012-2017) "Dolabrifera dolabrifera" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 22/02/2015, Accessed: 23/09/2017 at (

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