Geographic sea hare

Syphonota geographica

''Syphonota geographica'', or the geographic sea hare, is a species of sea slug or sea hare, a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Aplysiidae, the sea hares.

This is the only species within this genus, in other words, ''Syphonota'' is a monotypic genus.
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Appearance

''Syphonota'' differs from the other Aplysiidae genera, through the position of the rhinophores , which are further back, almost between the parapodial lobes. The parapodia, fleshy winglike outgrowths, come to a noticeable high point at the top of the animal.

The body coloration is whitish to green, with brown specks and a complicated network of white lines.

The maximum recorded length is 170 mm.

Distribution

This species is found in the Indo-West Pacific oceans, off Western Australia, and the Mediterranean, and Red seas.

Habitat

This sea hare lives in lagoons and bays on sandy substrates.

Minimum recorded depth is 6 m. Maximum recorded depth is 7.5 m.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderAplysiida
FamilyAplysiidae
GenusSyphonota
SpeciesS. geographica
Photographed in
Philippines