Syphonota geographica from Changi, Singapore

February 5, 2003
From: Ria Tan


Dear Bill,
As well as the sea slugs from Chek Jawa, here is one from the intertidal flats at Changi, here in Singapore. Anything you can tell us about it would be very interesting.
Best wishes,
Ria Tan

tanria@singnet.com.sg

Tan, R., 2003 (Feb 5) Syphonota geographica from Changi, Singapore. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/9109

Dear Ria,
This is an unusual Sea Hare called Syphonota geographica. Its name geographica refers to the map-like markings on its body. These two photos show an interesting aspect of its behaviour which I don't think has been reported before. In an earlier message I summarise what I have been able to find on burrowing in Sea Hares. It seems that a number of species spend some time buried in the sand. In intertidal regions this is probably a good way to prevent drying out, and I guess it is also a way to hide from potential predators.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Feb 5). Comment on Syphonota geographica from Changi, Singapore by Ria Tan. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/9109

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