New Caledonia, eastern Australia, Western Australia. Recorded below from Okinawa.
La Perouse, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, August 1979. PHOTO: John Fields.
This is one of the species of Phyllodesmium that does not harbour zooxanthellae in its tissues. The colour of the digestive glands ducts in the cerata is a deep pink in specimens I have observed. It has been found feeding on the telestacean soft coral Carijoa. Note the branching in the digestive gland ducts, a common feature in species of the genus.
• Rudman, W.B. (1981) The anatomy and biology of alcyonarian feeding aeolid opisthobranch molluscs and their development of symbiosis with zooxanthellae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 72: 219-262.
• Rudman, W.B. (1991) Further studies on the taxonomy and biology of the octocoral-feeding genus Phyllodesmium Ehrenberg, 1831 (Nudibranchia: Aeolidoidea). Journal of Molluscan Studies, 57(2): 167-203.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (May 8) Phyllodesmium poindimiei (Risbec, 1928). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/phylpoin
Phyllodesmium poindimiei from eastern Australia
From: Lynda Clarke, February 17, 2007
Phyllodesmium poindimiei, from Bare Island, Sydney
From: N. Missenden, September 19, 2005
Another Phyllodesmium poindimiei
From: Sabine Noack, September 11, 2002
Phyllodesmium from the Philippines
From: Erwin Koehler, May 22, 2002
Phyllodesmium poindimiei from Sulawesi
From: Mary Jane Adams , September 3, 2001
Phyllodesmium poindimiei from Okinawa
From: Bob Bolland, April 27, 2001
Phyllodesmium poindimiei? from Sydney
From: P.Zylstra & H.Rothenfluh, June 18, 2000
Phyllodesmium poindimiei from New South Wales
From: Grey McNeil, July 3, 1999
Phyllodesmium poindimiei from NW Australia
From: Clay Bryce, May 8, 1999