Phidiana indica from Sulawesi

March 4, 1999
From: Lindsay Warren.

Dear Bill
Any help with this aeolid from Tukang Besi, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia, phtographed by Adam Powell.

Length: 5 mm. Rhinophores have a fine blue spiralling band on a white background, cerata are white with a blue dot in the centre, long
white oral tentacles, translucent pale pink body. Found at a depth of 6 m on a dead section of submassive coral covered in algae, sheltered.


Lindsay Warren.

Warren, L., 1999 (Mar 4) Phidiana indica from Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Lindsay,
I am pretty sure this is a very juvenile specimen of Phidiana indica. The general shape and the blue ceratal patch are fairly distinctive. At this size, most juveniles have still to develop their full colour pattern. I must say I am not sure what you mean about the "blue spiralling band" on the rhinophores.
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Mar 4). Comment on Phidiana indica from Sulawesi by Lindsay Warren.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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