Phyllidia exquisita? from Sabah, Malaysia

November 25, 2009
From: Mirjam Broos

Hello Bill,

I have a hard time trying to distinguish the nudies belonging to Phyllidiidae family. Is this Phyllidia exquisita?

Locality: Siamil island, East Fort, Sabah, Malaysia, 22 september 2009. Photographer: Geert Prast.

Thanks again,


Broos, M., 2009 (Nov 25) Phyllidia exquisita? from Sabah, Malaysia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Mirjam,

I think we all have problems with this family. There are a number of species with these opaque white granular specks scattered all over the mantle including P. exquisita, P. ocellata, P. willani and P. babai. Your animal doesn't fit any of them very well, so P. exquisita could well be correct. At times I think they are all just colour forms of P. ocellata.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2009 (Nov 25). Comment on Phyllidia exquisita? from Sabah, Malaysia by Mirjam Broos. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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