Phyllaplysia? from Kerama Id

July 20, 2002
From: Atsushi Ono

Dear Bill,
Attached is a species similar to Phyllaplysia padinae. I found 3 specimens at a same spot. These are same size and same in color (many dark dots). The shape of this species looks like that of Dolabrifera dolabrifera, but I have never seen a color form like this.

I can see some papillae(a few with multiple tips) and a shell, small dark brown mottle and a larger white patch.

15mm long, on the rope of a fish preserve, at Kerama Is. near Okinawa.

Atsushi Ono

Ono, A., 2002 (Jul 20) Phyllaplysia? from Kerama Id. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Atsushi,
It does indeed look very like P. padinae. Unfortunately we know very little about this group of Sea Hares in the Indo-West Pacific so it is very difficult to suggest names for them. I think at present it best just to accumulate them on this Phyllaplysia spp. Page until someone revises them for us.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Jul 20). Comment on Phyllaplysia? from Kerama Id by Atsushi Ono. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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