Phyllidiopsis burni

Brunckhorst, 1993

Phyllidiopsis burni
Photographed by: Ken Tucker

Species:Phyllidiopsis burni

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #14703
This is Phyllidiopsis burni, with the tiny isolated tubercles along the pink/white margin. More black on the dorsum than the others, and the tubercles not so quadrangularly arranged as in Phyllidiella lizae and Phyllidiella pustulosa.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #3645
By comparison Phyllidiella pustulosa would have narrower black lines.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #189
This individual seems to have a ring of small pustules close to the foot, which would make it Phyllidiopsis burni instead of Phyllidiella pustulosa. But the photo is not sharp enough to be sure.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #2025
Comment from Dr. Richard C. Willan about editor's guess of Phyllidiela pustulosa: Too dark black background for Phyllidiela pustulosa, and note the submarginal ring of small simple pustules. These features make it Phyllidiopsis burni.



Pictures of Phyllidiopsis burni

Phyllidiopsis burni from Wakatobi, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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Phyllidiopsis burni from Wakatobi, Indonesia
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Similar Species

Author: Dr. Richard C. Willan

The main differences between Phyllidiella and Phyllidiopsis are internal – to do with the anatomy of the foregut. Externally these three species are indeed quite similar in colouration and in having compound tubercles, and all three species vary a great deal between individuals. The main external differences are:

Phyllidiella pustulosa and Phyllidiopsis burni have entirely black rhinophores (bicoloured in Phyllidiopsis krempfi);

Phyllidiella pustulosa and Phyllidiopsis krempfi have narrow black lines (very broad black areas in Phyllidiopsis burni).

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