Species Index

Phyllidiella pustulosa
(Cuvier, 1804)

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. Accessed 25/09/2018.