Syphonota geographica from Bali

February 19, 2007
From: Teresa (Zubi) Zuberbühler

Dear Bill

I have found this beautiful seahare (Aplysia?) with markings like a labyrinth in a sandy area in Puri Jati, Bali. I couldn't find a photo of it in your extensive forum, so I would like to know, if it is a new species.

Locality: Puri Jati, Bali, 10m, Indonesia, Pacific , 10. August 2006, Sandy area close to beach, surge. Length: 8-10cm. Photographer: Teresa (Zubi) Zuberbühler.

Thanks for your help 

Zuberbühler, T., 2007 (Feb 19) Syphonota geographica from Bali. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Zubi,

The colour of this sea hare reminds me of Indonesian batik cloth. This is Syphonota geographica, a rather uniquely shaped sea hare. Interestingly the only other photos I have seen of one with yellow markings like this, is a recent message, also from Bali [message #19280 ].

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Feb 19). Comment on Syphonota geographica from Bali by Teresa (Zubi) Zuberbühler. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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