Phyllidiella pustulosa (Cuvier, 1804)

Phyllidiella pustulosa
Phyllidiella pustulosa
Photographer: 
C Buchanan
Date: 
Monday, 1 January 2001
Location: 
Split Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Phyllidiella pustulosa
Phyllidiella pustulosa
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 8 May 2004
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Phyllidiella pustulosa
Phyllidiella pustulosa
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Location: 
NW Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific generally. In Australia found from Perth in Western Australia around the tropical north to northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Usually found on food source (may be Tetilla sp. sponge), to a depth of at least 15 m.

Additional Notes:

Marked colour variations, may vary from pink through to grey/blue. Tubercules in groups of three, black rhinophores and the pink edge to the foot are indicators of species. Exudes a toxic milky secretion as a defence mechanism if disturbed. A very common nudibranch, grows to at least 60 mm.

References:

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. pp.259-60.

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