February 18, 2008
From: Hugues Flodrops
Yesterday I found two specimens of Philinopsis. First, I thought there are two variant of Philinopsis cyanea but now, my guest is that this one is Philinopsis taronga. It's looks like your picture of Shelly Beach [message #9906].
Locality: Etang-Salé, 1 metre, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean, 27 November 2007, Night. Length: 45-50 mm. Photographer: Hugues Flodrops.
A second message with Philinopsis cyanea follows [#21234 ].
Thanks for your thoughts.
firstname.lastname@example.orgFlodrops,H., 2008 (Feb 18) Philinopsis taronga? from Reunion Island. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21233
Althought they have colour similarities, P. taronga seems to be endemic to south eastern Australia and New Zealand. I have seen animals like your colour form freely mixing and mating with more 'typical' P. cyanea in Zanzibar, so I have no doubt that is what it is. Also P. taronga never has the blue markings we usually see in P. cyanea.
When I get a moment I must be brave and accept that P. cyanea and P. speciosa are the same species [see Fact Sheet] and as P. speciosa is older it will have priority over P. cyanea.
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