Phyllodesmium pinnatum
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Phyllodesmium magnum
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Picture : Danny Van Belle – Location : lembeh Strait – Date 08/09/2007

Phyllodesmium poindimiei

Order : NUDIBRANCHIA
Suborder : DEXIARCHIA
Infraorder : CLADOBRANCHIA
Parvorder : AEOLIDIDA
Superfamily : AEOLIDIOIDEA
Family : Facelinidae

Picture : Danny Van Belle – Location : lembeh Strait – Date 08/09/2007

DISTRIBUTION
New Caledonia, eastern Australia, Western Australia. Okinawa.
Record here from the Lembeh Strait – Sulawesi – Indonesia

This is one of the species of Phyllodesmium that does not harbour zooxanthellae in its tissues. The colour of the digestive glands ducts in the cerata is a deep pink. It has been found feeding on the telestacean soft coral Carijoa. Note the branching in the digestive gland ducts, a common feature in species of the genus.