Phyllidia goslineri
Brunckhorst, 1993

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Phyllidiidae


Madang, Papua New Guinea.


12-20 m depth, Planet Rock, Madang, PNG, 19 Jan. 1988, dorsal view of 14 mm specimen, Photo: R.C. Willan (Brunckhorst, 1993: Plate 4B).

Notes compiled from Brunckhorst, 1993:
Phyllidia goslineri has characteristic coloration consisting of a translucent cream notum with irregular brown (tan) coloured blotches and numerous minute, dark brown dots. The club shaped rhinophores, foot and oral tentacles are all cream in colour.

Most Phyllidia species have yellow rhinophores, however the present species and Phyllidia scottjohnsoni have cream rhinophores. Phyllidia scottjohnsoni differs considerably from Phyllidia goslineri in having an opaque cream-white dorsum, and large, black spots and no brown pigmentation. Phyllidiopsis loricata has large, black to dark brown spots but its alimentary system is quite different to that of Phyllidia goslineri. Phyllidia scottjohnsoni and Phyllidiopsis loricata have pointed rhinophores whereas in Phyllidia goslineri they are club shaped. To my knowledge, there are no other Phyllidia species with brown coloration

Brunckhorst, D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of Phyllidiid Nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 16: 1-107.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (January 12) Phyllidia goslineri Brunckhorst, 1993. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from