October 18, 2000
From: Atsushi Ono
Thank you for a comment on haminoeid sp. and thank you, Clay & Patty Jo.
This animal is about 45mm long, found at 20m depth, at Kerama Is. near Okinawa in Japan.
firstname.lastname@example.orgOno , A., 2000 (Oct 18) Phyllidia exquisita from Kerama Ids. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3196
The two species you mention and Phyllidia exquisita were all named by Brunckhorst (1993)in his comprehensive revision of the family. The relationsghip between these three species and Phyllidia ocellata will take a while to sort out because we still do not know the colour variability of each species. Your animal has features of all three species but I would suspect that it is Phyllidia exquisita. Brunckhorst considers the black line betwee the rhinophores and how it divides into two both posteriorly and anteriorly, to be quite significant.
I am not totally convinced they are all good species, but on colour pattern I would feel your photo is best considered to be of P. exquisita.
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