Phyllodesmium research

February 19, 2007
From: Ingo Burghardt

Dear Bill and dear „community",

What a great idea to create a "Phyllodesmium" day! It's really a fascinating genus and although I've finished my PhD on solarpowered nudibranchs I still continue to work on them. We already described new species and some descriptions are still in review. Nevertheless we (Heike Wägele and I) just started to work on the molecular phylogeny of this group, but to get a more complete picture of their evolution there are still a lot of species (especially undescribed and non-solarpowered ones) missing.

As most of you know most Phyllodesmium species are very cryptic and on own expeditions I experienced that it is very hard to get specimens for later analysis. Therefore I have a request for all of you who are interested: Whenever you find Phyllodesmium species (maybe with the exception of P. briareum) it would be great if you could contact me. Our knowledge on the biology and diversity of Phyllodesmium is still a "bottomless pit" and it would be sad if it would stay like this!
Thanks :-)
Best wishes,

Burghardt, I., 2007 (Feb 19) Phyllodesmium research. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Ingo,
I thought it might be an idea to set up a page for research requests, like this so any researcher with a specific interest could 'advertise' their needs. Cheers
Bill Rudman


Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Feb 19). Comment on Phyllodesmium research by Ingo Burghardt. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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