Philinopsis virgo
(Rudman, 1968)

Superfamily: PHILINOIDEA
Family: Aglajidae


Cavalli Island, New Zealand


Shell of holotype, 49 fathoms off Cavalli Ids, nthn New Zealand. Shell dimensions 8.5 x 6 mm.

Quite similar in shape to Philinopsis taronga, which also occurs in New Zealand, it is pure white in colour, and differs in penial morphology and other anatomical features. Known from a single specimen, 20 mm long preserved.

  • Rudman, W.B. (1968) Three new species of the Opisthobranch family Aglajidae from New Zealand. Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 10 (23): 211-216.
  • Rudman,W.B., (1972). A comparative study of the genus Philinopsis Pease, 1860 (Aglajidae, Opisthobranchia). Pacific Science, 26: 381-399.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2005 (February 10) Philinopsis virgo (Rudman, 1968). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from