Known from northern Papua New Guinea (Madang) and southern Thailand.
8-10 m depth, Phi Phi Island, southern Thailand, 28 Nov. 1989, dorsal view of 14 mm specimen (Brunckhorst, 1993: Plate 8G).
This species is closest to Phyllidiopsis striata and Phyllidiopsis sphingis. Phyllidiopsis striata also has dorsal ridges but they are white. The mantle margin of P. striata is white (blue in the present species) and its rhinophores are lemon yellow (black in P. annae). Phyllidiopsis annae and P. sphingis both possess blue coloration dorsally. When live specimens of both species are viewed together P. annae is granular blue-grey whereas P. sphingis is iridescent blue. However, more substantial differences are apparent. In P. sphingis, the blue pigmentation is confined to the margins where there are numerous lateral black rays (absent in P. annae) and medially it has irregular, low, white ridges (blue in P. annae) and fewer tubercles. Phyllidiopsis sphingis possesses white coloration whereas P. annae does not. The rhinophores of P. annae are black and have 7-10 lamellae (specimens 10-14 mm) on each rhinophoral clavus. Phyllidiopsis sphingis has pale cream oral tentacles (dark grey in P. annae) and a pale cream to white foot (grey in P. annae).
• Brunckhorst, D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of Phyllidiid Nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 16: 1-107.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (August 1) Phyllidiopsis annae Brunckhorst, 1993. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/phylanna
November 12, 2009
From: Zeineb Alhaidari
Concerning message #18881:
I still don't see many postings for the small Phyllidiopsis annae, so here are two more pictures for the forum.
Locality: Dive site Makawide II , Lembeh strait, 12 metres, North Sulawesi , Indonesia, Molucca sea, 15 october 2009, Sandy bottom with scattered reefs. Length: 8 mm. Photographer: Zeineb Alhaidari.
firstname.lastname@example.orgAlhaidari , Z., 2009 (Nov 12) Phyllidiopsis annae from Lembeh, Indonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22736
May 30, 2007
From: Mike Krampf
You didn't have many postings on the Forum of Phyllidiopsis annae so I thought I'd share this picture from Nha Trang, Vietnam.
Locality: Dive Site - Moray Beach, 45 ft, Nha Trang, Vietnam, South China Sea, 27 June 2006, Fringing reef. Length: 10 mm. Photographer: Mike Krampf.
email@example.comKrampf, M., 2007 (May 30) Phyllidiopsis annae from Vietnam. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/18881
It's good to get a another record of this species.
December 11, 2002
From: Mary Jane Adams
I found this Phyllidiopsis annae at Nudi Falls divesite in Lembeh Strait on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia on Nov. 18, 2002. This is directly across the strait from the divesite where I found two of them last year. This one was 13mm long and about 15 meters deep.
firstname.lastname@example.orgAdams, MJ., 2002 (Dec 11) Phyllidiopsis annae from Lembeh Strait. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8618
Thanks Mary Jane,
August 28, 2001
From: Mary Jane Adams
These look to me like Phyllidiopsis annae. Length: 8-10 mm Depth:
about 15 meters, Divesite: Critter Hunt, Lembeh Staits, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
email@example.comAdams, M.J., 2001 (Aug 28) Phyllidiopsis annae from Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/5154
Dear Mary Jane,
The black rhinophores are a good indication that this is P. annae.
December 31, 2000
I think this species is Phyllidiopsis annae. It has black rhinophores and blue color back ground with 4 black lines on it. I found this species at depth of 75 feets in Karang Lebar Atoll, Thousand Islands, Indonesia.
firstname.lastname@example.orgYasman, 2000 (Dec 31) Phyllidiopsis annae from Indonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3341
I agree with your identification