June 28, 2007
From: Binyamin Koretz
Concerning message #2887:
We do like our Red Sea phyllidiid mysteries. This individual seems be a good match for Fahrner & Schrodl's Phyllidia schupporum.
Note that the sole has no median line, so it's not likely to be P. multifaria or P. elegans. Also the tubercles are higher than P. multifaria. However, I don't see the orange tip to the oral tentacles that were mentioned in the original description.
Locality: Eilat, Divers' Village, 5 m, Israel, Red Sea (Gulf of Eilat), 8 June 2007, corals. Length: 25 mm. Photographer: Binyamin and Shulamit Koretz.
Koretz, B., 2007 (Jun 28) Re: Phyllidia schupporum from the Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20065
When we are dealing with a relatively recently described species of which we know very little, I think we can allow for the absence of yellow tips to the oral tentacles in your specimen. The tips seem to be opaque white, suggesting that they have some pigmentation. Perhaps it does not appear yellow until it reaches a larger size or perhaps some specimens are 'pale' and lack this pigmenation on the tentacles.
I am glad you took some photos of the underside. If we knew more about the underneath of these animals the many puzzles might be more easily resolved