May 16, 2003
From: Leanne & David Atkinson
We found these Philinopsis lineolata at Fly Point, Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia, on the 2 Deember 2001, on the high tide during daytime.
They were in a sandy area at about 8m depth. Are we correct in our identification?
Leanne & David Atkinson
email@example.comAtkinson, L. & D., 2003 (May 16) Philinopsis lineolata from eastern Australia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/9883
Dear Leanne & David,
Yes this is Philinopsis lineolata. I have opied part of your photo alongside because it shows the rounded median ridge it has on its head. It is one of a group of Philinopsis which have a long muscular pharynx (buccal bulb). At times it seems to get a bit out of control and pushes out the head like this. Unlike P. cyanea and P. taronga, which have a large bulbous buccal bulb which they use to catch bubble shells, we have no idea what P. lineolata eats and how it uses its strange buccal 'tube'.