West Atlantic from Brazil to Florida, Caribbean. Also reported from Ghana and the Pacific coast of Panama.
off West Palm Beach Florida, 12 ft., February 2000. PHOTO: Anne DuPont.
Quite common shallow water aeolid growing to 25-30mm in length. Has median white band on body and another white band along each side beneath the ceratal groups. Orange band on oral tentacles and rhinophores.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (February 17) Phidiana lynceus Bergh, 1867. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/phidlync
September 4, 2009
From: Linda Ianniello
Here is an image of a Phidiana lynceus from Florida, feeding on hydroids.
Locality: Lake Worth Lagoon, 15 feet, Florida, USA, Atlantic ocean, 05 July 2009, Intracoastal waterway. Length: 1.25 inches. Photographer: Linda Ianniello.
email@example.comIanniello, L.M., 2009 (Sep 4) Re: Phidiana lynceus from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22577
Thanks for the feeding photo. It's also good to have a photo showing the brilliant colours this species sometimes has.
April 11, 2005
From: Sylvia Grune
We found and identified Phidiana lynceus in a hypersaline lagoon called Laguna de la Restinga on Margarita Island, Venezuela.
I would like to send you the pictures of the specimen so you can confirm the identification
many thanks for your help! GOOD work!
Locality: Laguna de la Restinga, Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela, Caribbean. Depth: 5 m. December 2004. Photographer: Jesus Henrique Hernandéz.
firstname.lastname@example.orgGrune, S., 2005 (Apr 11) Phidiana lynceus from Venezuela. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13483
Phidiana lynceus seems to be quite variable in colour, but the white median line down the back and the white line on each side of the body seem quite distinctive.
October 19, 2003
From: Ross W. Gundersen
Here is another sea slug from Jamaica. As I said in my first message, all specimens were collected from St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, West Indies. Photo: R. Gundersen.
This is Phidiana lynceus. Dredged at 5 m depth in Thallassia.
email@example.comGundersen, R.W., 2003 (Oct 19) Phidiana lynceus from Jamaica. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/11131
October 5, 2000
From: Phanor Montoya
Is this Phidiana lynceus? Found in several habitats mangrove, rocky and reef zones. (Santa Marta, Colombia).
firstname.lastname@example.orgMontoya, P., 2000 (Oct 5) Phidiana lynceus from Colombia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3103
It seems to be P. lynceus. The white markings on the head seem to be very distinctive.
June 13, 2000
From: Carlo Magenta-da-Cunha
This species isn't as abundant here as Dondice cf. occidentalis but it too was collected in the same swamp area covered with mangroves to 10-12 m in depth.
It has a light red band on the rhinophores and oral tentacles; a white median line down the body; and white tip to the cerata. I think that is like specimen of Anne Dupont.
email@example.comMagenta-da-Cunha, C., 2000 (Jun 13) Phidiana lynceus from Brasil. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2549
It is wonderful to get these great photos and information on animals from Brasil.
February 18, 2000
From: Anne DuPont
I took this photo last Saturday night in about 12 feet of water off West Palm Beach Florida. The little critter was very active and was feeding on hydroids. Is the photo good enough for you to confirm its identity? From my books, it looks like it is Phidiana lynceus?
What do you think?
firstname.lastname@example.orgAnne DuPont, 2000 (Feb 18) Phidiana lynceus from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1931
I'm pretty sure you are right in your identification. I am sure we won't have to wait long to be corrected if we are not. I note you found it feeding on hydroids. There are a number of references to it attacking others of its own kind in captivity, which is fairly common behaviour for some of the larger glaucid aeolids.