Philinopsis troubridgensis
(Verco, 1909)

Superfamily: PHILINOIDEA
Family: Aglajidae


South Australia


Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, 5m. 26mm long alive. February 1985, AM C145120. Photo: Bill Rudman

A large species growing to more than 90mm in length. Has a brown reticulate pattern with some yellow and black speckling especially along the edge of the parapodia. Apparently a burrowing sublittoral species, Burn (1989) reports it feeding on a range of cephalaspidean bubble shells. There are few records of living animals, most being of animals washed up on beaches after storms.

• Burn, R.F. (1989) Opisthobranchs (Subclass Opisthobranchia). [In] Marine Invertebrates of Southern Australia, Part 2. [Eds: Shepherd,S.A., Thomas, I.M.] Government Printer (South Australia), Adelaide, 725-788.
• Rudman, W.B. (1972) A comparative study of the genus Philinopsis Pease, 1860 (Aglajidae, Opisthobranchia). Pacific Science, 26(4): 381-399.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (July 30) Philinopsis troubridgensis (Verco, 1909). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from