Phyllodesmium sp. 10
Malapascua Island, Philippines. Depth: 18m., Size: 1cm. April 2002. Photo: Georg Heinze
This is most probably a species of Phyllodesmium. The digestive gland in the cerata has regular groups of branches much like in Phyllodesmium poindimiei, but I think the colour pattern of this animal, with opaque white patching scattered over a transparent body is rather different.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (October 28) Phyllodesmium sp. 10 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/phyllodsp10
October 30, 2002
From: Erwin Köhler
Here is one more from the Philippines, Malapascua Island, divesite "Gato Cave". Comparing it with the photos at the sea slug forum I guess this is Phyllodesmium poindimiei, but this is only a guess!
Date: April 2002
Photos: Georg Heinze [Georg.Heinze@t-online.de]
Erwin@medslugs.deKöhler, E., 2002 (Oct 30) Phyllodesmium? from the Philippines. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8230
I agree that this is most probably a species of Phyllodesmium. If you look carefully in the close-up alongside, you can see that the digestive gland in the cerata has regular groups of branches. P. poindimiei has a similar branching arrangement but I think the colour pattern of your animal, with opaque white patching scattered over a transparent body is probably an indication that this is another species.