Stiliger ornatus
Ehrenberg, 1828

Family: Limapontiidae


Tropical Indo-West Pacific


Reef crest at low tide on the green alga, Codium spongiosum, November 1997., 10mm long alive. Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. PHOTOS: Julie Marshall.

Stiliger ornatus which was illustrated and named by Ehrenberg in 1828 (with the description of the species appearing in 1831) from the Red Sea. It has also been recorded from Mozambique (Macnae & Kalk 1960) and from Japan (Baba & Hamatani 1970) although the Japanese specimens had slight differences from the original description. All the specimens found at Heron Island closely resemble Ehrenberg's original description.

Stiliger ornatus is the type species of the genus Stiliger.

• Baba.K. & Hamatani, I. (1970) Occurrences of specimens presumably identifiable with Stiliger ornatus Ehrenberg, 1831, at Seto, Kii, Middle Japan. Publications of the Seto Marine Laboratory, 18(3): 199-206.
• Ehrenberg, C.G. (1828 pls, 1831 text) Symbolae physicae seu icones et descriptiones animalium evertebratorum sepositis insectis quae ex itinere per Africam Borealem et Asiam Occidentalem - novae aut illustratae redierunt. Decas 1 Mollusca.

Authorship details
Marshall, J., 1999 (July 9) Stiliger ornatus Ehrenberg, 1828. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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