Phyllidiopsis striata from Lady Musgrave Isl.

February 10, 2001
From: David Harasti

Hi Bill,

This shot was taken on Lady Musgrave Island [Great Barrier Reef, Qld, Australia] in January of this year. Unfortunately my strobe didn't fire so it's not the best shot. The stripes were a bright blue and black on the species. Both species was about 1cm long. I think it could be Phyllidiopsis striata (from Coleman 1984). Am I correct?


Harasti, D., 2001 (Feb 10) Phyllidiopsis striata from Lady Musgrave Isl.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear David,
Yes you're right. There are a group of similarly looking species but P. striata has these pale coloured rhinophores. It looks like these two may be mating.
Bill Rudman

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