Phyllodesmium sp. from Hawaii [2]

July 3, 2007
From: Cory Pittman

Dear Bill,

Here are the two additional photos to go with my previous message [#19720 ].

The upper photo is of an animal feeding on the stolon of it's host octocoral. It's relatively pale in the photo since it had been starved for a few days but it darkened markedly over the next few hours after the octocoral was introduced and was observed feeding on it intermittently over the next several days. It was collected on 12 April, 2002.

The lower photo shows a pair of egg masses on the underside of a cobble. They were laid by an animal collected on 12 May, 2002 and are 5 mm to 6 mm in diameter, typical for the species. The eggs hatch in about four days in the laboratory.

Locality: Hekili Point, Maui, intertidal to less than 1 m, Hawaii, USA, Pacific, 12 May 2002, protected to semi-protected cobble beaches. Length: 15 mm to 20 mm. Photographer: Cory Pittman.


Pittman, C. C., 2007 (Jul 3) Phyllodesmium sp. from Hawaii [2]. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Cory,
I wish we had this much background information on every animal we posted on the Forum

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Jul 3). Comment on Phyllodesmium sp. from Hawaii [2] by Cory Pittman. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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