Phyllidia elegans?

August 9, 2001
From: Erwin Koehler

Dear Bill,
Here are 3 photos which I would like to say are all Phyllidia elegans. Harms01 fits exactly the description, while Marola04 is much flatter and has thin black lines, but still large yellow capped tubercles. The last one, Ramsch02, is flatter and has no yellow caps on the tubercles - unfortunately the rhinopores are almost completely retracted, but I think a little yellow tip is visible.

Harms01: 4cm, 20m depth, April 1994, Indonesia, Bali Island. Photo: Hans-Hermann Harms.
Marola04: 3-4cm, 18m depth, July 2000, Papua New Guinea, Kimbe Bay. Photo: Giovanni Marola.
Ramsch02: 2cm, 10m depth, March 1997, Solomon Islands. Photo: Gerhard Ramsch.


Koehler, E., 2001 (Aug 9) Phyllidia elegans?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Erwin,
Harms01 and Marola04 are Phyllidia elegans but I think the lower left one, Ramsch02, is another species. I am afraid I can't see the rhinophores so can't be sure. It could be Phyllidiopsis krempfi or Phyllidiella rudmani, neither of which have yellow rhinophores.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Aug 9). Comment on Phyllidia elegans? by Erwin Koehler. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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