Phyllidia multifaria from Egypt

March 8, 2003
From: Marina Poddubetskaia

Dear Bill,
I found this specimen during my recent diving cruise to Brothers Islands. Could you confirm it is Phyllidia multifaria, please? Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of its ventral view because of the surge. But I remember, the foot was pale.

Date: February 13, 2003
Location: Marsa Alam, Egypt, Red Sea
Site: Elphinstone
Depth: 9m
Size: 30-35mm
Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website

Best wishes,

Poddubetskaia, M., 2003 (Mar 8) Phyllidia multifaria from Egypt. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Marina,
I'm afraid I can't confirm that it is P. multifaria. It certainly has the right colour markings dorsally but that species is supposed to have a black median line on the sole of the foot, and you say you remember the foot to be pale. I guess from that you have no recollection of a black line. At this stage I will tentatively identify it as P. multifaria but I am open to suggestions
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Mar 8). Comment on Phyllidia multifaria from Egypt by Marina Poddubetskaia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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