Endemic to the Mediterranean Sea.
38 m depth, Punta Bianco, Corse, Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 1981, dorsolateral view of 8 mm specimen, Photo: C. Huygens (Brunckhorst, 1993: Plate 5D).
Notes compiled from Brunckhorst, 1993:
The pale cream dorsum with its fine, pale brown, mottled pattern sets F. bayi apart from all other Fryeria species. The dorsal intestinal sac is also unique to this species.
Fryeria rueppelii, Fryeria guamensis, Fryeria menindie and Fryeria marindica all have a black background, gold-yellow capped tubercles and gold rhinophores (pale cream in F. bayi). Fryeria larryi is closer to F. bayi, but it has yellow coloration (no brown pigmentation) and is not mottled. In contrast, F. larryi possesses a few red, transverse lines which occur laterally.
Note: See message discussing whether this species should be in the genus Phyllidiopsis.
• Brunckhorst, D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of Phyllidiid Nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 16: 1-107.
• Bouchet, P (1983) Decouverte du genre Indo-Pacifique Fryeria (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchiata) en Mediterranee. Annales de l'Institut Oceanographique, 59(1): 65-68.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (July 15) Fryeria bayi Bouchet, 1983. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/fryebayi
Re: Phyllidiopsis bayi or Fryeria bayi
From: Angel Valdes, March 28, 2002
Monophyly of the porostomes
From: Terry Gosliner, March 28, 2002
Phyllidiopsis bayi or Fryeria bayi
From: Alma Sánchez, March 13, 2002