Phyllidiella rudmani
February 18, 2017
Phyllidia varicosa
February 19, 2017

Phyllidiella rosans

Phyllidiella rosans

Order : NUDIBRANCHIA
Suborder : EUCTENIDIACEA
Infraorder : DORIDACEA
Superfamily : PHYLLIDIOIDEA
Family : Phyllidiidae

Phyllidiella rosans

DISTRIBUTION
Known from Tahiti, Hawaii, the western Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

Phyllidiella rosans is distinguished by its numerous, longitudinal, rounded pink ridges, pink margin and black rhinophores which have a pink stalk. Ventrally, P. rosans is pale grey.

The longitudinal notal ridges of the present species distinguish it from the three species of Phyllidiella described above and also the new species described below. The only other species of Phyllidiella which possesses longitudinal ridges and a pale foot is Phyllidiella zeylanica. However, that species differs from P. rosans in the very uneven, irregular nature of the notal ridges which are formed from the coalesced bases of compound tubercles. Furthermore, the foot of P. zeylanica is whitish and its gills and oral tentacles are dark grey (pale in P. rosans). Each rhinophoral clavus possesses 20-23 lamellae in P. zeylanica (specimens greater than 30 mm), but only 12-15 in P. rosans (specimens greater than 30 mm).