Biology of Aplysia

Biological Description

Aplysia californica is a herbivorous marine mollusk that inhabits the marine coastal community. Aplysia californica typically live in the Pacific Ocean from northern California to Baja California. Individual Aplysia can often be found on their algal food, and aggregate in large numbers near food in the summer months (June – August) when they breed. Read more…

Scientific Importance

The marine mollusk Aplysia californica is an important animal for experiments in cellular, molecular and behavioral neuroscience because of the distinctive organization of its nervous system, which makes it appropriate for cellular analysis of a variety of behaviors, learning and memory. Read more…

Taxonomic Classification

Aplysias described taxonomically here.

Life Cycle

View the life cycle of an aplysia.