Is Syphonota found in Australia or NZ?

May 26, 1999
From: P.M. Johnson

Dear Bill,
Quick question for you - Can the sea hare Syphonota a.k.a Paraplysia be found in Australia and/or New Zealand? If so, do you know of any good sites and times to find it.
Thanks much,
pm

pmj@u.washington.edu

Johnson, P.M., 1999 (May 26) Is Syphonota found in Australia or NZ?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/888

Dear pm,
It's certainly been recorded from Sydney Harbour in eastern Australia north through Queensland and the Northern Territory to Western Australia, but I'm afraid its habitat, sea grass beds, estuaries etc are not my normal hunting ground so I haven't a good idea of its abundance. I suspect, like many aplysiids, its sometimes extremely abundant. Perhaps someone will recognise it from the photos I've posted from New Caledonia and be able to give us some more information.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

PS: A good reference on aplysiid distributions in the Pacific is:
• Bebbington, A. (1977). Aplysiid species from eastern Australia with notes on the Pacific Ocean Aplysiomorpha (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia). Transactions of the Zoological Society, London, 34: 87- 147.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (May 26). Comment on Is Syphonota found in Australia or NZ? by P.M. Johnson. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/888

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