Philinopsis depicta
(Renier, 1807)

Superfamily: PHILINOIDEA
Family: Aglajidae




UPPER: 6cm, 10m depth, 1998, Reggio Calabria, Italy - divesite "unrecorded". LOWER: 6cm, 20m depth, 1999, Reggio Calabria, Italy, divesite "City". PHOTOS: Gianni Neto.

Growing to 60mm or more this species is very variable in colour with much the same colour variation as found in the Indo-West Pacific species Philinopsis cyanea.

See justification for moving this species from the genus Aglaja to Philinopsis.

• Gosliner, T.M. (1980) Systematics and phylogeny of the Aglajidae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 68(4): 325-360.
• Martinez, E., Ballesteros, M., Avila, C., Dantart, L. & Cimino, G. (1993) The family Aglajidae (Opisthobranchia: Cephalaspidea) in the Iberian Peninsula. Iberus, 11(1): 15-29.
• Rudman, W.B. (1972) A comparative study of the genus Philinopsis Pease, 1860. (Aglajidae, Opisthobranchia). Pacific Science, 26(4): 381-99, 15 figs, 1 plate.
• Rudman,W.B. (1974) A comparison of Chelidonura, Navanax and Aglaja with other genera of the Aglajidae (Opisthobranchia, Gastropoda). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 54(3): 185-212.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (December 6) Philinopsis depicta (Renier, 1807). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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