Phyllidiopsis shireenae from Palau

April 1, 2009
From: Marcel Tanke

Concerning message #22318:

Hi Bill,
Here is a bit of an extension to the 'proven' distribution range of Phyllidiopsis shireenae for the Forum; to Palau. It seems to be feeding on the pinkish colored sponge. It has some damage on the middle of the foot.

Locality: Palau, about 10 m, 6 October 2006, muddy. Length: 5 cm. Photographer: Marcel Tanke.

Best regards,

Tanke, M.A., 2009 (Apr 1) Phyllidiopsis shireenae from Palau. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Marcel,

David Brunkhorst, when he described this species, had a specimen from Taiwan, and Scott Johnson has reported it from the Marshall Ids [message #2705] so it would have been strange if it did not occur at Palau, but it is good to get a real record.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2009 (Apr 1). Comment on Phyllidiopsis shireenae from Palau by Marcel Tanke. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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