Phyllidia polkadotsa from Vanuatu
November 20, 1999
From: Vinka Stenhouse
I have just got back from Australia where I had a chance to look at the Sea Slug Forum and I must say the photo of Hypselodoris flavomarginata came up very well. I have sent a few other slides that may be of interest and a few I would like to have identified if possible please.
This one is from 17 metre depth in a current prone reef slope, Espiritu Santo Is., Vanuatu, 1998. It was 6mm long.
This is Phyllidia polkadotsa, which obviously got its name from its colour pattern. By coincidence, I have recently been sent photos of a similarly coloured animal with black stripes rather than spots, from the Maldives.
When it was described in 1993, Phyllidia polkadotsa was only known from Hawaii. I don't know if it is a fairly rare species or whether it is just hard to see or lives in crevices or difficult to see places.
I will put your other photos on the website over the next few weeks.
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