Phyllidia tula
Marcus & Marcus, 1970

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Phyllidiidae


Known only from Micronesia.


14 m depth, Bile Bay, Guam, 29 June 1988, dorsal view of 52 mm specimen. PHOTO: D.Brunckhorst. (Brunckhorst, 1993: Plate 1E).

Notes compiled from Brunckhorst, 1993:
The distinctive features of P. tula include: its numerous, yellow, rounded tubercles which are isolated or coalesced only at their base and do not form ridges (as occur in Phyllidia varicosa and Phyllidia coelestis ); a gradation in tubercle size from the central area to the marginal edge of the mantle; a dark grey ventral surface, except for the black stripe on the foot sole and the yellow tips of the oral tentacles; and oral tentacles which are triangular in shape with pointed ends rather than rounded as occur in P. varicosa and P. coelestis.

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 (January 12) Phyllidia tula Marcus & Marcus, 1970. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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