Smeagol hilaris Primefact

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Smeagol hilaris, also known as the ‘blind slug’ is one of five species of marine slug in the genus Smeagol known only from Australia and New Zealand. Smeagol hilaris has only been collected from a small isolated location at Merry Beach, south of Ulladulla, New South Wales, Australia.

Smeagol hilaris is listed as a critically endangered species in NSW. There are heavy penalties for harming, possessing, buying or selling them, or for harming their habitat.

This Factsheet includes information on:

  • Description of the marine slug
  • Habitat and ecology 
  • Why is the marine slug threatened? 
  • Conservation and recovery actions 
  • Legal implications 
  • Contact information