Phyllidia multifaria
Yonow, 1986

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Phyllidiidae


Red Sea


UPPER: Whale Bay, Gulf of Aquaba. Jan 1980. Photo: B.E.Picton - illustrated in Yonow, 1988 as P. multifaria.
LOWER: 9 m depth, Whiskey Reef, Red Sea, 14 Jan. 1983, dorsal view of P. multifaria, 30 mm specimen, Photo: N. Yonow (Brunckhorst, 1993: Plate 2A).

The photos alongside were both identified by Yonow (1988) as typical of the species. Ventrally it has a black median longitudinal line on the sole of the foot.

This species was synonymised by Brunckhorst (1993) with Phyllidia elegans but see Bernard Picton's message suggesting that P. multifaria is a valid species and that Phyllidia schupporum Fahrner & Schrödl, 2000 is an unnecessary synonym.

• Yonow, N. (1986) Red Sea Phyllidiidae (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) with descriptions of new species. Journal of Natural History, 20(6): 1401-1428.
• Yonow, N. (1988) Red Sea Opisthobranchia 1: The family Phyllidiidae (Mollusca, Nudibranchia). Fauna of Saudi Arabia, 9: 138-151.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (July 2) Phyllidia multifaria Yonow, 1986. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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