Phyllidia ocellata (Cuvier, 1804)

Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 12 June 1999
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
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 variations may be marked but all 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.