July 29, 2002
From: Nishina Masayoshi
I went to Hachijo Is. to confirm where Phyllodesmium sp. 5 lives. Fortunately, Kotaro Tanaka who is the owner of the diving operator "Con:color" at Hachijo Is. knows the place where they live and took us to the place.
As you suspected they live on the sea fan (may be Melithaea flabellifera) and lay their eggs there, I hope you could see the egg mass at middle and left of the photo. So I am pretty sure that this sea fan is the food and place where they live.
Data: 7 July, 2002
Location: Hachijo Island, Japan
Photo by C. Nishina
Masayoshi, N., 2002 (Jul 29) The food of Phyllodesmium sp. 5. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/7525
This species fits the pattern in the genus in which the gorgonian feeders, presumably without zooxanthellae, have unbranched digestive gland ducts in their cerata.
Re: Phyllodesmium sp. 5 from Indonesia
From: Marcel Tanke, October 17, 2008
Phyllodesmium sp. 5 from Indonesia
From: Mike Oelrich, February 17, 2005
Phyllodesmium sp. 5 from Hachijo Island, Japan
From: Shouichi Kato, May 22, 2002
Unknown Phyllodesmium from Solomons
From: Mary Jane Adams, April 10, 2002
Unknown from the Solomon Islands
From: Mary Jane Adams, January 6, 2001