Phyllidiopsis sp. 2

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Phyllidiidae


Locality: Passe bateaux, 18 m, Mayotte, Indian Ocean, 05 December 2008. Length: 1.5cm. Photographer: Sylvain Le Bris.

It certainly looks like a Phyllidiopsis, with three distinctive ridges down the centre of the mantle. It has similarities to P. sphingis, however that species has 4 black lines and pale straw coloured rhinophores so I suspect this is an unnamed species. The three black lines, 3 ridges, black radiating lines on the mantle edge and the rhinophores with a black band down the posterior side should all be distinguishing features.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2009 (February 11) Phyllidiopsis sp. 2 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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