October 12, 2007
From: Hugues Flodrops
To accompany my preceding message [#20828], here are two new specimens of probably Phanerophthalmus. It could be white form of P. smaragdinus but I'm not sure.
Locality: Etang-Salé, in Permanent Pool ,1m, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean, 16 april 2007 and 4 . Length: 15-20 mm. Photographer: Hugues Flodrops.
I have also found another specimen at Etang-Salé, on the rocky coast, length 15-20 mm, september 2007.
firstname.lastname@example.orgFlodrops, H., 2007 (Oct 12) White Phanerophthalmus from Reunion Ids.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20831
This certainly looks like a species of Phanerophthalmus but the shell looks quite a bit larger in proportion to the body when compared with P. smaragdinus. As I mentioned earlier [message #20828], there have been a number of species named but rather poorly described. Whether any of them apply to this form - or whether it is really distinctly different will need a closer look at the genus thropughout the Indo-West Pacific. At present I will put it with a similalry looking animal we have from Japan as Phanerophthalmus sp. 1.