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Updated 3/30/2014

Family Synaptidae


Synaptids are suspension-feeders having very thin skin with tiny embedded hooks used to cling to anything it comes in contact with.  For this reason they are easily damaged when handled, especially with gloves.  The body is able to expand and contract a great deal using water pressure.


Euapta godeffroyi

Okoe Bay, Hawaii, 40 feet


Occasional under rocks in clear water.  Very thin and flexible, pale with brownish-black stripes edged with yellow.  Euapta tahitiensis is a less common species lacking yellow.  At least 3 feet long when extended.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.