Phyllidia ocellata (Cuvier, 1804)

Distribution: 

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific generally including the Red Sea. In Australia recorded from Perth through the tropical north to northern New South Wales and Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequent coral and rocky reef, thought to feed on dark orange/red sponge Higginsia massalis, among others. Depth range to at least 30 m.

Additional Notes: 

Colour variable from yellow to dark orange, with from 4 to 10 black circles with a yellow or white tubercle in the centre. All forms have a row of large tubercles running down the midline of the mantle. Grows to 60 mm long.

References: 

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.255.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/showall/phylocel. Accessed 25/09/2018.