Phyllodesmium jakobsenae

Burghardt & W├Ągele, 2004

Phyllodesmium jakobsenae
Photographed by: Choh Wah Ye

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Aeolidina
Family:Facelinidae
Species:Phyllodesmium jakobsenae

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #27183
A juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #7775
A nice photo of a typical individual

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #5186
Only a few cerata of this individual are visible towards the top right of this photo. The individual itself is buried down in a colony of its food, the soft coral Xenia sp.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #5175
This individual is rather pale in colour.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #4444
A Phyllodesmium with longitudinal ridges on the upper section of its cerata, which I think it is a dark coloured form of Phyllodesmium jackobsenae

Previous comment from Dr. Richard Willan: This aeolid, which mimics the soft corals on which it feeds, is characterised the by the cerata having swollen tips with longitudinal ridges. This individual is atypical in being reddish brown; most individuals are coloured creamish green.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #3491
This aeolid nudibranch is characterised by the slightly flattened cerata with brown patches (containing symbiotic zooxanthellae) on each side. It is a good mimic of its host, a soft coral of the genus Xenia. By contrast, Phyllodesmium longicirrum has much larger very flattened cerata with enlarged ends like paddles, and the brown zooxanthellae are arranged in rings.

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Pictures of Phyllodesmium jakobsenae

Phyllodesmium jakobsenae from Komodo, Indonesia
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