Phyllidiella rudmani    Brunckhorst, 1993

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This species has been observed on Mayotte and Madagascar Islands

Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Phyllidioidea
Family : Phyllidiidae
Distribution : Indo West Pacific
Maximal size : 60 mm
Abundance :

Species characteristics :

Black rhinophores, although the base of the rhinophore stalk may be pale pink

It's an elongate species with a pale pink background and two longitudinal black stripes.

In shape, individual tubercles are tall and rounded in juveniles, but in larger specimens the tubercles may become compound by way of additional outgrowths. The tubercles themselves are arranged, more or less, in longitudinal rows but are never joined together into ridges.


phyllidiopsis shireenae

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Photo Matthias Deuss
Mayotte, 23 December 2009

Remarks :

Synonymous : (according Worms)
          - No other name

Bibliographic data :

Some larger specimens possess two additional black stripes marginally. Additional black lines, if present, are less distinct and usually interrupted
    The rhinophores are curved and pointed; their apical half is black and the basal half is pale pink. Each rhinophoral clavus possesses 20-24 lamellae (specimens greater than 27 mm).
    The foot is white and it has a thin, slightly undulating edge
    Etymology. This species is named in honour of Dr W.B. Rudman

References :

Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Phyllidiella rudmani
   Philippines Seaslugs Phyllidiella rudmani

Publications :

Brunckhorst D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of phyllidiid nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum suppl. 16: 1-108.
page(s): 62

Other photos of Phyllidiella rudmani :



Alain-Benoît Rassat

Madagascar, Nosy bé



Maguelone Grateau

Mayotte, February 2016




Matthias Deuss

Mayotte, Passe en S, 3 m, 18 August 2009, size : 35-40 mm




Maguelone Grateau

Mayotte, 7 October 2015


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