February 28, 2001
From: Bernard Picton
Your Phyllidiella sp 1 from Erwin Koehler is a Phyllidia mimic - I enclose a scan of an animal which I collected in the Sinai in 1980. The gills [see inset] are very inconspicuous - perhaps fish are smarter than we give them credit!
Nathalie Yonow had these specimens but I don't know if she did anything with this one.
firstname.lastname@example.orgPicton, B., 2001 (Feb 28) Phyllidia mimic from Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3761
Note added 5 March 2007: This is a species of Paradoris. It was previously on the Forum as Doris? sp. 3.
When you can't see the gills it certainly looks like a phyllidiid. After gettng your message I had a look through the phyllidiid mimics on the Forum and realise I already have it asDoris sp. 3.
So I have amalgamated all the messages on to one page. They certainly are amazing animals and although I have no evidence, I can't help feeling that these phyllidiid look-alikes are mimicking phyllidiids to enhance their chances of survival.
Dorsal gills on Phyllidiella ?
From: Kamal El Tawil, October 14, 2009
Phyllidiella mimic? from Borneo
From: Sylvain Le Bris, October 10, 2005
Phyllidiopsis sinaiensis? from Red Sea
From: Erwin Koehler, February 24, 2000
A Phyllidiopsis? mimic from Red Sea
From: Michael Shroedl, January 14, 1999