Phyllidia elegans

Bergh, 1869

Phyllidia elegans
Photographed by: Francesco de Marchi

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

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #32914
A very small juvenile individual.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #30166
It has black lines and orange tubercles; the black marking on the head forms an X around the rhinophores as well as a transverse black line behind the rhinophores.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #31903
The bright orange rhinophres make this a Phyllidia; the remainder of the pattern my be a pale form of elegans; did it have a blick line on the sole of the foot?

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #21939
A juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #19918
A juvenile individual.

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #17079
This is another one of those that seems to inhabit the range of variation between a couple of different species. I lean towards Phyllidia elegans for this one. I have some very similar ones identified as such at http://www.underwaterkwaj.com/nudi/porostomes/e301.htm (first picture) from the Marshalls.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #16201
A juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #9330
An atypical specimen with no orange caps on any of the larger dorsal pustules. Note the orange rhinophores that characterise this species.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #8981
Note the yellow rhinophores.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #8140
An atypical individual with hardly any orange caps on the larger pustules on the mantle.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #7921
An atypical individual with only one gold-capped pustule.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #2486
Orange tipped tubercles, black longitudinal lines with perpendicular ones extending to the sides.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2948
This is a very dark coloured individual. However, the pink colour of the lower pustules near the foot on the right side of this photo are an artefact of photography and not the true colour.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2781
Showing detail of rhinophores.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2124
The population of this species was given the name of Phyllidia multifaria, but not that is recognised as a synonym of Phyllidia elegans.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2034
A typical individual. Note the orange rhinophores and orange caps to the largest pustules on the centre of the mantle. There is a prominent black longitudinal stripe on the foot sole.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2018
A very small juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #1975
The colour form occurring in the Red Sea has been named Phyllidia multifaria, but it isn’t separable from Phyllidia elegans.

Comment from Neville Coleman on photo #223
Wide spread across the Indo -Pacific this species can be recognised by it’s yellow rhinophores. It grows to 40 mm and feeds on sponges.

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Phyllidia elegans from Long Dong, Taiwan
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