Phidiana lynceus from Florida

February 18, 2000
From: Anne DuPont

Dear Bill,

I took this photo last Saturday night in about 12 feet of water off West Palm Beach Florida. The little critter was very active and was feeding on hydroids. Is the photo good enough for you to confirm its identity? From my books, it looks like it is Phidiana lynceus?

What do you think?
Anne DuPont

Anne DuPont, 2000 (Feb 18) Phidiana lynceus from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Anne,
I'm pretty sure you are right in your identification. I am sure we won't have to wait long to be corrected if we are not. I note you found it feeding on hydroids. There are a number of references to it attacking others of its own kind in captivity, which is fairly common behaviour for some of the larger glaucid aeolids.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Feb 18). Comment on Phidiana lynceus from Florida by Anne DuPont. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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