Phyllidiella cooraburrama? from Fiji

February 17, 2001
From: Mary Jane Adams

Hi Bill,
I think I may have found another Phyllidiella cooraburrama in my files. I shot this one at Namena, Vitu Levu, Fiji in May, 1997. Length: 40 mm Depth not recorded. What do you think?

Thanks so much for all you have taught me about opisthobranchs. Before I started participating in the Sea Slug Forum I had no idea there were so many species. All the Phylliids looked pretty much alike to me. These warty ones do not have much personality, but now that I can see the differences in the species, I find them much more interesting. I hope my photographs can add something to their known distribution and variation. Thanks so much for your continued devotion to the Forum.
Best regards,
Mary Jane

Adams, M.J., 2001 (Feb 17) Phyllidiella cooraburrama? from Fiji. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Mary Jane,
Your photos are an invaluable addition to our knowledge of these animals.

Having said that, I don't know if really wanted you to have found this photo. I may be wrong, but I think it is just Phyllidiella pustulosa. It looks a bit like Phyllidiella cooraburrama but in that species the tubercles are usually single and quite pointed, while in your animal they are quite rounded and clustered in groups. Assuming the rhinophores are black, the only species that fits is P. cooraburrama.

Any views welcome. I must agree with you that phyllidiids have litle personality. They are indeed interesting, but with so few characters to go on, they can be a very frustrating group to identify.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Feb 17). Comment on Phyllidiella cooraburrama? from Fiji by Mary Jane Adams. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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