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#1 FlyingKiwi

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 08:20 PM

I thought I'd identified this nudibranch as Phyllidia ocellata, but now I see that I'm wrong:

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I couldn't find it on any of the slug websites I frequent, so if you could help out with an identification then I'd be grateful!

Richard.

#2 cookmedoc

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 09:44 PM

Dear Richard,

we think your identification is correct. You can see more on Poppe-Images


It is common here in the central Philippines and apparently the black circles are quite variable.

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#3 Leslie

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 06:32 AM

Guido's right. It's the most variable of the "lumpy bumpy" nudibranchs but the combination of large white lobes, yellow body, & black circles is unmistakable.

#4 FlyingKiwi

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 07:32 AM

Thanks, Guido and Leslie.

While researching this species for the web page I'm putting together, all the photos seemed to have yellow tubercles. However, now I see that the sea slug forum does mention that the tubercles can be yellow or white.

Out of interest, what function do the lobes perform?

Richard.