Philinopsis troubridgensis from South Australia (1)

May 16, 2003
From: Bill Rudman

Here are some photos of some juveniles of Philinopsis troubridgensis. This is one of the largest species of the genus, growing to at least 90mm in length. These individuals ranged in size from 12-26mm long and ranged in colour from black with a few white and blue specks to animals with a brownish reticulate pattern. In all cases the dorsal crest at the back of the head shield is relatively large and held upright.

Kirton Point Wharf, Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, 5m, February 1985. Upper Photo: 18mm long alive; Lower Photo: 26mm. AM C145120. Photos: Bill Rudman.

If anyone has photos of larger specimens of this species they would be welcome.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (May 16) Philinopsis troubridgensis from South Australia (1). [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from