Phyllidiopsis shireenae from east Africa

July 3, 2002
From: Bernard Picton

Hi Bill,
Here is a range extensions to East Africa for Phyllidiopsis shireenae. I found it while diving at Pemba Island in Feb 1999. I saw several, large - 60-70mm - animals and they differed from Indonesian ones in being pink rather than white, but the characteristic high ridged body and markings were as normal for this species. I enclose a scan of an Indonesian one from Bali [UPPER] and the Pemba one [LOWER].


Picton, B., 2002 (Jul 3) Phyllidiopsis shireenae from east Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Bernard,
Certainly extending its known range from one side of the Indian ocean to the other is a significant range extension. It is interesting how many of the greeny-grey phyllidiids seem to range in colour to pink, often in the same population. Perhaps with further observations the grey form will be found in east Africa and the pink on the Pacific side - in fact I just note that the lower photo of mine on the species Fact Sheet from Pelorus Island, Nth Queensland, has quite a pink tinge.

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Jul 3). Comment on Phyllidiopsis shireenae from east Africa by Bernard Picton . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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