Phyllidiella lizae from Sulawesi

June 6, 2007
From: Sebastian Ferse

Hi Bill,
I found this specimen in Tomini Bay, Central Sulawesi on a wall at around 20 m depth. I am not sure whether it is Phyllidiella annulata or P. pustulosa.
Could you help me with the I.D.?

Locality: Mini Canyon, Kadidiri, Togian Islands, 20 m, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean, 10 March 2007, Wall with many hard and soft corals, sponges, and gorgonians. Length: 4 cm. Photographer: Sebastian Ferse.


Ferse, S.C.A., 2007 (Jun 6) Phyllidiella lizae from Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Sebastian,
Phyllidiids are not that easy to identify and I suspect we still have some sorting out to do. This animal is a very good match for Phyllidiella lizae, both in rhinophore colour and the black diagonal cross on the back.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Jun 6). Comment on Phyllidiella lizae from Sulawesi by Sebastian Ferse. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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