August 2, 2000
From: John Hoover
Dear Dr. Rudman,
My friend Darrell Takaoka found a sea hare that looks much like Stylocheilus longicauda [i.e. S. citrina]. It is orange-yellow with scattered small black spots and a short tail visible only when the slug stretches out. It has scattered papillae with whitish tips. There are no parapodia.
In its normal resting position it appears round except for the head. It has the habit of squirting water from the orifice on its back as if trying to propel itself down and backwards. Darrell collected it in 2 feet of water on seaweed covered rock at Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu.
Because it lacks a long tail we suspect it is not S. longicauda, but what then is it?
firstname.lastname@example.orgHoover, J., 2000 (Aug 2) Strange Sea Hare from Hawaii. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2808
If it looks like a sea hare, doesn't have parapodia, and squirts water from its 'orifice' then the only thing that fits is Notarchus indicus.
Notarchus indicus is the amazing sea hare which swims by jet propulsion. It does have parapodia, but they are fused except for a small section which forms the orifice you mention.
Have a look at the page on Notarchus and the wonderful series of photos from the Red Sea that Jochen Scholtyssek recently sent us in two messages.
If your animal looks nothing like Notarchus then I guess you had better send a photo or a sketch so I have a few more clues.
Re: Notarchus indicus at Eilat
From: Binyamin Koretz, February 17, 2006
Notarchus indicus at Eilat
From: Bill Rudman, March 15, 2005
Re: Notarchus from Hawaii
From: John Hoover, August 3, 2000
More photos of Notarchus swimming
From: Jochen Scholtyssek, July 6, 2000
Notarchus indicus swimming
From: Jochen Scholtyssek, June 28, 2000