February 27, 2004
From: Roberto Sozzani
Location: Manado - North Sulawesi
Depth: 12 m.
Size: 2-3 cm.
Water temp.: 28°C.
I spent some time looking in soft corals. I had many surprises, like this one. Its mimetism was perfect, only in the photos you can see it rather well and its "spiny" cerata, the only visible difference with it's coral host.
Many thanks, as usual...
Sozzani, R., 2004 (Feb 27) Phyllodesmium sp. 2 from Indonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12313
Yes it is Phyllodesmium sp.2. Hopefully we will be able to identify the soft coral it is living on from your photos. I suspect this is a 'solar powered' species, the brown specks on its bosy and ceratal skin being clusters of single-celled plants [zooxanthellae] it gtes from the soft corals. Some species of this genus show remarkable degrees of camouflage, when living on their soft coral hosts.
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