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Syphonota geographica (A. Adams & Reeve, 1850)
 
Syphonota geographica
Maximum size:  about 25 mm.

Identification:  This is an olive-green species intricately patterned in cream flecks and lines. The parapodia are high and the rhinophores are small, close-set and located far back on the head near the anterior margin of the parapodia.

Natural history:  Syphonota geographica is known from about six animals found on sand at 6-7 m (20-22 ft). (Note 1)

Distribution:  Maui: circumtropical.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first found in Hawaii at Maalaea Bay, Maui by Patricia Daly on July 14, 2021.

Photo:  Rebecca Bicker: about 25 mm: found by Patricia Daly; Maalaea Bay, Maui; July 14, 2021.

Observations and comments

Note 1Rebecca Bicker reported that the 1st animal "moves just like an inchworm" suggesting that it crawls in a manner similar to Aplysia juliana. However, she reported that the 2nd animal did not crawl in that manner. She also said that the 1st animal was one of a group of around four when found.
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