Pink-eyed Philinopsis

March 16, 2006
From: Brian Francisco


I'm tempted to say this is Philinopsis pilsbryi, but the patterning is slightly different from other photos I've seen of that species.

Locality: Beach, 17 meters, East Timor, Banda Sea, 22 February 2006, Sandy Bottom. Length: ~3 cm. Photographer: Brian Francisco.

I thought you might grant me a waiver just this once for submitting more than one species in a message; I found this Philinopsis alongside a Cyerce elegans and couldn't resist taking a photo. But what really made this an interesting find were the pink outlines around the eyes of  Philinopsis.


Francisco, B., 2006 (Mar 16) Pink-eyed Philinopsis. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Brian,
This is P. pilsbryi. It is quite variable in colour. I certainly grant you a waiver concerning the Cyerce-like animal which I suspect is Polybranchia orientalis. If you have some other photos of it, it would be a nice record for the Forum, as they are not the easy to photograph showing much detail.

Concerning the pink around the eyes. I don't think I have ever stared so closely at this species before! It is a spectacular photo. With Oren Lederman's photo [#16039] of the head of Chelidonura flavolobata, it's been a good fortnight for aglajids.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Mar 16). Comment on Pink-eyed Philinopsis by Brian Francisco. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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