Phyllidiopsis striata from Reunion

November 7, 2002
From: Marina Poddubetskaia

Dear Bill,
Here is a photos of what I think is Phyllidiopsis striata. This animal was found under a dead coral and photographed on it. I read on your Forum that lemon-yellow rhinophores is one of characteristics of this species. But my animal has the white ones. Also, last year in Reunion I saw larger specimens of this species and all of them had white rhinophores. What do you think about it?

Date: October 10, 2002
Location: St-Leu, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
Site: Les arches
Depth: 12m
Size: 6mm
Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website

Best wishes,

Poddubetskaia, M., 2002 (Nov 7) Phyllidiopsis striata from Reunion. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Marina,
This is Phyllidiopsis striata. Brunckhorst (1993) described the rhinophores as 'lemon-yellow' but I agree it is not a good descripton of their colour. They are what is best described as translucent straw-coloured. They have a yellowish tinge which distinguishes then from translucent white or opaque white rhinophores. The description on the Fact Sheet is a summary of Brunckhorst's description. I have modified it. I am afraid that sometimes it is difficult to describe the colour of a specific object accurately, and even more difficult when the description is translated from one language to another.

I have included a view of the slug to show its background 'environment'. It is possible that the yellowish sponge is its food, but I am curious about the bluish patches. They are present in some of your other photos. Can you remember what this was? A thin layer of sponge perhaps?
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Nov 7). Comment on Phyllidiopsis striata from Reunion by Marina Poddubetskaia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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