Phyllidiella pustulosa

(Cuvier, 1804)

Also known as: Phyllidia melanocera

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Phyllidiella pustulosa from Kosrae, Micronesia
Identification verified by Scott Johnson
 

Identification is verified by Scott Johnson, Nudi Pixel expert

Comment from Scott Johnson: Phyllidiella pustulosa and its various look-alike species are confusing and hard to distinguish. I have changed my mind many times about identifications of the different species, but I don't think I or anyone else has all the answers yet. That said, I have a hard time believing the animals in this picture are the same as the definitive Phyllidiella pustulosa seen in some of the other pictures. Their rhinophores do not look quite black enough and the dorsal color and pattern seem distinct from typical Phyllidiella pustulosa. It could be just a variation of Phyllidiella pustulosa, but it seems unlikely to me that two such similar looking specimens would find each other amidst all the other, more typical Phyllidiella pustulosa found on Micronesian reefs. Still, I do not have a better name to give it. Best at this time I think to call it a questionable variation of Phyllidiella pustulosa that needs more research.
 

Location:Kosrae, Micronesia
Photographer:Doug Beitz
Camera:Canon PowerShot A510View EXIF properties
Taken on:June 26, 2009
Viewed:3269 times
Posted:8 years ago
Updated:8 years ago

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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Doridina
Family:Phyllidiidae
Species:Phyllidiella pustulosa