Phyllidia babai found in Southern Queensland, Australia

February 24, 2005
From: Gary Cobb

Hi Bill,
I thought you and the viewers might like to see our recent find here on the Sunshine Coast, off Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia. While diving The Trench at 18m depth we found two Phyllidia babai, both critters were 35 and 40 mm long. The opaque white spots are a give away. In all the material I have read, the is no mention of yellow capped tubercles. The mantle edge is yellow and there is a crossed hatch pattern on the hyponotum.
Which brings to mind the issue of Global Warming (GW). We have found quite a few tropical animals here on the Coast recently and I think it is because of GW, what do you think?.

Locality: Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Depth: 18 m. Length: 35-40 mm. 19 February 2005. Small ledge on wall with reef. Photographer: Gary Cobb.

Our species list here on the Coast is currently 189. Our website is
Gary Cobb

Cobb, G., 2005 (Feb 24) Phyllidia babai found in Southern Queensland, Australia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Gary,
Thanks for the record. There is a photo of mine on the species Fact Sheet of an animal with yellow tubercles which Brunckhorst used in his monograph, so yellow tubercles are certainly part of Brunckhorst's species concept. I personally am still in two minds about whether all these are colour forms of Phyllidia ocellata.

Sorry I haven't updated the website links page on the Forum as yet but it is part of the Forum revamp I am waiting for some action on. I can't get into it at the moment but as soon as I can I will make some necessary additions and changes.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Feb 24). Comment on Phyllidia babai found in Southern Queensland, Australia by Gary Cobb. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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