Locality of Phyllodesmium iriomotense

August 5, 1998
From: Bob Bolland

Dear Bill:

Re the current Phyllodesmium iriomotense data on the Sea Slug Forum:

Baba (1991) described the animal from Iriomote Island, which is part of the Ryukyus Archipelago. Iriomote Island is a bit more than 400km SW of the southern tip of Okinawa. The P.iriomotense photo posted to you was from Okinawa Island.

I'm afraid there is much confusion in the literature as to what the word "Okinawa" has reference to; in much of the older literature Okinawa had reference not to Okinawa Island itself, but in many cases other islands in Southern Japan (including Ishigaki, the Kerama Islands, Kume, Iriomote, Yoron, and certainly others).

Sorry about the confusion.



Robert F. Bolland
University of Maryland/ASIA
PSC 80, Box 14149, APO AP 96367



Bolland, R.F., 1998 (Aug 5) Locality of Phyllodesmium iriomotense. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/191

Thanks Bob, I've amended the distribution information .. Bill.

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