December 5, 2005
From: Donald Miles
I am hoping that someone will be able to identify this little green slug that we found. It was photographed in a plastic container, so I have included one shot of its underside and another of its head.
Locality: Silver Beach, Bonna Point , Kurnell, Botany Bay, NSW, Australia.
Depth: 1 - 2 metres. Length: 15 - 20 mm. 30 November 2005. Intertidal sea grass beds. Photographer: Donald Miles
firstname.lastname@example.orgMiles, D.W., 2005 (Dec 5) Phyllaplysia from Botany Bay, eastern Australia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15399
This is a small Sea Hare of the genus Phyllaplysia, a name meaning 'leaf aplysia', which is very appropriate for these small animals which are very camouflaged on the sea grasses and other plants they live on. Unfortunately the taxonomy of this group, is in a mess. Colour is one of the few characters we have to use, but we have very few samples of the live animals worldwide, and they seem to be quite variable in colour within a single population. I am accumulating the Indo-West Pacific records we have on a Phyllaplysia spp page.
Re: Phyllaplysia from Sulawesi
From: Dong Bum Koh, April 11, 2006
Phyllaplysia from Sulawesi
From: Roberto Sozzani, April 5, 2006
Phyllaplysia? from Kerama Id
From: Atsushi Ono, July 20, 2002
Phyllaplysia from Sydney, Australia
From: Andrew Trevor-Jones, February 4, 2002
Phyllaplysia from SE Sulawesi
From: Lindsay Warren, February 19, 2000