Phyllidia elegans? from Java

July 21, 2000
From: Aloysia Murni Shintosari

Dear Bill,

Here is another phyllidiid from Thousand Island, Jakarta Bay, Java, Indonesia.

Thank you, hope to hear from you in the near future.


Shintosari, A.M., 2000 (Jul 21) Phyllidia elegans? from Java. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Aloysia,
Sometimes a photo is not enough to make an identification that I am 100% comfortable with. This animal looks as though it is a colour form of Phyllidia varicosa, but it also looks very similar to the photo of the animal Brunckhorst publishes as the 'Phyllidia multifaria - form' of Phyllidia elegans. [see lower photo at top of P. elegans page].

P. elegans is said to have a pinkish base to the tubercles, but that is not always easy to see. One other external difference, which is not visible in the photo, is that P. elegans has black lines on the side of the foot, whereas P. varicosa does not.

I have tentatively identified this animal as P. elegans but I could be wrong.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Jul 21). Comment on Phyllidia elegans? from Java by Aloysia Murni Shintosari. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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