Phyllodesmium rudmani

Burghardt & Gosliner, 2006

Phyllodesmium rudmani
Photographed by: Mike Bartick

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

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #7769
A nice photo of a typical individual

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #7118
A nice photo of a typical individual viewed head-on. Phyllodesmium rudmani is characterised by the cerata having long cylindrical stalks with a swollen region on top like a Christmas decoration. That swollen region has about 8, white, longitudinal ridges separated by deep, brown or brownish purple grooves. Thus each ceras mimics a polyp of the soft coral Xenia (the specific host food of this species) with its tentacles closed together.

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Pictures of Phyllodesmium rudmani

Phyllodesmium rudmani from Manado, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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