Phyllidia picta

(Pruvot-Fol, 1957)

Also known as: Fryeria menindie, Fryeria picta

Phyllidia picta
Photographed by: Chet King

Comment from Dr. Richard C. Willan: The ventral anal position is now no longer considered sufficient to separate the genus Fryeria apart from Phyllidia since their other internal organs

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

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #36971
If this has a ventral anus then it is picta.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #32095
A lot less black than normal, if this picta.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #31321
This is picta, much more black, three rows less obvious.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #14857
A juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #19010
A very small juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #19380
A very small juvenile individual.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #2579
I know these are difficult to tell apart; picta has more black on the dorsum, and 3 lines of orange-tipped tubercles. It is also the common species in the West Pacific, with no Indian Ocean records to date.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #13558
It has lots of central black, extending to the margin as rays, with quite a few orange tubercles.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #16344
This is not Phyllidia marindica. Since this is from Indonesia, I would say that it is Phyllidia picta – lots of black in the centre of the animal, extending as rays to the margin.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #9931
There is much more black on the dorsum, and the marginal white has a blue tinge.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #8520
An exceptionally darkly coloured individual

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #5580
A very small juvenile individual.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #5449
The lower two are Phyllidia picta; the upper one should be Phyllidia marindica, that funny variety with just the transverse lines across the dorsum which seems to happen in the Pacific. Very interesting!

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #1676
It has black ground colour rather than four black lines of Phyllidia varicosa.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #3773
By contrast, Phyllidia varicosa would have more continuous mid-dorsal ridges as in the individual in the next photo and it would not have the black arching radial pattern laterally (not all the black rays are visible in this photo because they are hidden by the black sponge).

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #3329
By contrast, Phyllidia ruppelii (sic), which is endemic to the Red Sea, is characterised by a yellow-orange marginal band. Note the white egg sacs of a parasitic copepod (Doridicola sp.) visible at the posterior end of one of the main tubercles.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2382
Comment from Dr. Nathalie Yonow: Another controversy. I do not agree that Fryeria with its anus below is the same genus as Phyllidia with a dorsal anus.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2040
A typical individual. Note the black arches radiating to touch the outermost margin of the mantle. The anus is on the undersurface of the mantle. There is no black longitudinal stripe on the foot sole.

Comment from Neville Coleman on photo #204
Grows to around 55mm and is known from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific where it is not considered common

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Pictures of Phyllidia picta

Phyllidia picta from Komodo, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Terry Gosliner
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Phyllidia picta from Komodo, Indonesia
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