Phyllidia exquisita

Brunckhorst, 1993

Phyllidia exquisita
Photographed by: Indra Swari

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

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #27190
This is really similar to a specimen I have, also from the Maldives. The black patter forms a horse-shoe shape around the rhinophores, the inner margins straight and the outer scalloped. there is a central black line connecting anteriorly to the other.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #20824
Although I cannot see the orange border, the pattern of black lines and the granular white areas are characteristic of Phyllidia exquisita. Let's see more specimens?

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #20844
Note the gold marginal band around the mantle (of which a tiny piece is showing mid-anteriorly).

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #5357
You can just about see the yellow margin anteriorly. The black scalloped pattern is also indicative.

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #18275
I saw one of these at Pohnpei that I identified as a young Phyllidia exquisita.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #19001
It retains the orange margin anteriorly, but no pigment on the secondary large tubercles.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #13707
I am sure this photo is the first record of Phyllidia exquisita from Myanmar.

Comment from Terry Gosliner on photo #13190
I don’t think this is Phyllidia coelestis. It may be Phyllidia exquisita

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #10567
It is very difficult to decide what to call this particular Phyllidia because it has characters of several different species. So I’m quite comfortable with you changing its identification to Phyllidia exquisita (because of the white granules in the skin). It is definitely better to call it either Phyllidia exquisita, or Phyllidia ocellata, rather than only Phyllidia sp.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #6951
An atypical individual without any gold marginal band.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #4971
The individual is hunched up, but it can be identified as Phyllidia exquisita by the orange border to the mantle (a small section is visible just in front of the rhinophores) and the numerous microscopic white specks all over the surface of the mantle.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #3702
This individual is an example of the rarest colour form of this species – one with no golden band, or even golden dashes, at the edge of the mantle.

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Pictures of Phyllidia exquisita

Phyllidia exquisita from Boracay, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Nathalie Yonow
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