This species has been observed on Reunion Island
Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Phyllidioidea
Family : Phyllidiidae
Great Barrier Reef, Timor Sea, Guam, Marshall Islands, Enewetok Atoll and the type locality, Tahiti
Maximal size : 26 mm
Abundance : Seldom if ever on the fore reef zone and lagoon
Species characteristics :
White dorsum with 10-12 large black (or
spots and a few much smaller dark spots occur marginally. No black spots occur in the median area of the dorsum
The white to cream rhinophores are pointed apically
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Photo Florence Trentin
Reunion, "Maison verte" at Saint Leu, 18 m, 18 September 2005, size : 15-18 mm
See more about : Sightening and mating periods
Identification confirmed by Bill Rudman and Nathalie Yonow
Synonymous : (according Worms)
- Phyllidia loricata Bergh, 1873
Bibliographic data :
Other external morphology characteristics
Live specimens ranged in length from
The white to cream rhinophores are pointed apically. Each rhinophoral clavus possesses 16-19 fine lamellae (specimens greater than 15 mm)
The presence of many tiny, conical, rounded tubercles on the notum imparts a rough texture to the mantle.
Mid-dorsally, the tubercles are usually joined to forne two or three, interrupted, irregular, low ridges
The mantle skirt is thin and translucent white.
Ventrally, the hyponotum is translucent white with fïne cross-hatched sculpturing and dark patches showing through from the dorsum
The foot and gills are white.
The fused oral tentacles are squarish in shape and very large ( 2 mm in an 18 mm specimen). They possess short, fine lateral grooves
P.phiphiensis , P. annae and P. striata possess white and black colouration but differ considerably in being striped.
P. loricata is superficially similar to Phyllidia scottjohnsoni which has large black spots, medially, on a pale cream white background.
Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Phyllidiopsis loricata
Nudipixel Phyllidiopsis loricata
Brunckhorst,D.J. (1993) The systematics and phylogeny of Phyllidiid Nudibranchs (Doridoidea). Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement 16: 1-107.
Other photos of Phyllidiopsis loricata :
Reunion, "La petite ravine" at Saint Leu, 19 m, 03 June 2005, size : 15 mm
On the ventral view you can observed :
- The white translucent hyponotum with fïne cross-hatched sculpturing and dark patches showing through from the dorsum
- The white foot and gills.
- The squarish in shape and very large fused oral tentacles.
Reunion, Etang salé lagoon, less 1 m, 27 December 2009, size : 8-10 mm
Specimen with numerous marginal black spot...
Reunion, La Saline lagoon, less 1 m, 12 June 2010, size : 8 mm