Phyllidiopsis shireenae
Brunckhorst, 1993

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Phyllidiidae


Tropical Indo-West Pacific.


UPPER: 20 m depth, patch reef off Lion Island, southern PNG, 18 June 1988, dorsal view of 48 mm specimen (Brunckhorst, 1993: Plate 8B). PHOTO: D.J.Brunckhorst.
LOWER: Pelorus Island, Nth Queensland, October 1983. PHOTO: Bill Rudman.

Notes compiled from Brunckhorst, 1993:
Phyllidiopsis shireenae is distinctive, on account of its mid-dorsal crest (i.e., the body is not dorsoventrally flattened as in other phyllidiids), very pale pink coloration with a few black lines, and salmon pink rhinophores.

No other phyllidiid possesses a large dorsal crest and salmon pink rhinophores. Phyllidiopsis gemmata is grey-pink to grey-blue with three tuberculate ridges, black rhinophores. Phyllidiopsis krempfi has multicompound pink tubercles, black and pink rhinophores, and possesses 26-28 lamellae on each rhinophoral clavus (17-20 in P. shireenae). Phyllidiopsis pipeki, Phyllidiopsis burni and Phyllidiopsis fissuratus differ from P. shireenae in having large compound tubercles, black and pink rhinophores and pink to grey ventral coloration (white in P. shireenae).

Brunckhorst, D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of Phyllidiid Nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 16: 1-107.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (August 1) Phyllidiopsis shireenae Brunckhorst, 1993. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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