Re: Phyllidia coelestis mating

August 5, 2008
From: Gary Cobb

Concerning message #21559:

Hi Bill and everyone!
After reading the entry on Phyllidia coelestis I thought you might like to see three animals we have found here on the Sunshine Coast. The average size is 40 mm.

Locality: Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 10-16m, Queensland, Australia, Pacific Ocean, 01 December 2007, Subtidal. Length: 40 mm. Photographer: Gary Cobb.

Gary Cobb

Cobb, G.C., 2008 (Aug 5) Re: Phyllidia coelestis mating. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Gary,

Although the first two of your photos look to be typical P. coelestis I have a feeling that the lower one is something different. The solid black background colour reminds me of a species of Fryeria, perhaps F. picta. I am afraid identifying phyllidiids just from photos can be a problem at times.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2008 (Aug 5). Comment on Re: Phyllidia coelestis mating by Gary Cobb. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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