Phyllidia tula from French Polynesia

December 23, 2000
From: Daniel L. Geiger

Dear Bill
Here is a Phyllidia sp. (multiple specimens available) from Rangiroa, frencj Polynesia, which I collected in August 2000. Again, specimens are availble for molecular work.


Thanks Daniel,
I am pretty sure that this is Phyllidia tula which previously has only been recorded from Micronesia. Although see Clay Bryce's photo from the Marquesas Ids.

There are two other similarly coloured species, Phyllidia madangensis and Phyllidia carlsonhoffi but in both those species the tubercles are essentially white with a yellow tip and they don't have the large numbers of small tubercles scattered around the mantle edge.

An interesting find.
Bill Rudman.

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