Phyllidia exquisita from the Maldives

June 8, 2000
From: Erwin Koehler

Dear Bill,
When taking this photo I thought this is a juvenile Phyllidia varicosa, but now I think it is Phyllidia exquisita, because of the yellow edge to the mantle margin. Possibly this is the first record from the Maldives.

Size 23 mm, depth 26 m, Oct. 25, 1999, North Male Atoll, Giraavaru Is., divesite "Kuda Haa".

Koehler, E., 2000 (Jun 8) Phyllidia exquisita from the Maldives. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Erwin,
Yes I think it is Phyllidia exquisita. I am not sure if it has been recorded from the western Indian Ocean before, but even if it has it is certainly an interesting record.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Jun 8). Comment on Phyllidia exquisita from the Maldives by Erwin Koehler. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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