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Nudibranchs, The Naked-Gill Sea Slugs, pt. 4, Dorids, Dendronotaceans, Arminaceans

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By Bob Fenner

 

Re: lynx Nudibranch Hi Bob, Sorry for the lack of info.... this little critter is on page 303 in Humann's 2nd ed. They call it Phidiana lynceus subclass Opisthobranchia.   aquah0lic <I see it on pg. 229 in my copy of "Reef Creatures". A beauty. Bob Fenner>

Family Phyllidiidae: identified by their warty bodies and placement of gills (between the mantle and foot, not the dorsum). Tough-bodied. Mainly feeders on sponges. Noted for releasing toxins in aquariums that are toxic to fishes and crustaceans.

Genus Phyllidia:

Phyllidia alyta, Yonow 1996. W. I.O; Maldives and Mauritius. Mauritius 2016.

Phyllidia arabica,  Ehrenberg 1831.Off of Palau Redang, Malaysia, and N. Sulawesi. Is this the same species as P. varicosa? Appears so: http://www.seaslugforum.net/search.cfm?searchstring=Phyllidia+varicosa

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Phyllidia coelestis Bergh 1905. South Africa, China Sea, Australia, Fiji. To 6 cm. Similar to P. verrucosa, but distinguishable by P. coelistis divided black markings. N. Sulawesi image. 

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Phyllidia elegans Bergh 1869. Red Sea to Maldives, to Fiji, Australia. One in Bunaken/Manado/Sulawesi/Indonesia, another from S. Sulawesi.  http://www.seaslugforum.net/search.cfm?searchstring=Phyllidia+elegans

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Phyllidia ocellata Yonow & Debelius 1991. Highly variable in appearance over its wide range in the Indo-Pacific. One in Fiji, N. Sulawesi far right and below.  http://www.seaslugforum.net/search.cfm?searchstring=Phyllidia+ocellata

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Phyllidia varicosa Lamarck, 1801. Red Sea to Hawai'i. To nearly three inches in length. Common; with yellow rhinophores, longitudinal blue ridges with yellow tops and black lines between To 4.5". One in Bunaken/Manado/Sulawesi/Indonesia, one in Hawai'i, and a third in Nuka Hiva, Marquesas.  The middle one is about three inches in length.
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Genus Phyllidiella:
Phyllidiella annulata. Ringed Phyllidiella. Pimple-like white spots on a pink w/ black lined body. To 3 cm. Andaman Sea to Fiji.

Phyllidiella pustulosa (Cuvier 1804). Black body with pink tuberculations arranged in rows to clusters. Common from the Red Sea to Hawai'i. One in Fiji, another in Hawai'i.

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Phyllidiella zeylanica (Kelaart 1859). TO 70 mm. Four tubercled ridges running front to back. Rhinophores black. Mauritius 2016.

 

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