OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Phyllidia babai Brunckhorst, 1993 (36mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

Frequency on Okinawa: Collection Data:
[brackets indicate range for all Okinawa-collected specimens of the species]


Species Account:

        Phyllidia babai is considered to be rare on Okinawa as I have seen and collected a total of seven individuals since the first one was collected on 19 May, 1984.

        The only animal found on Okinawa which is apt to be confused with Phyllidia babai is the highly variable P. ocellata, which shows a great deal of variation in both the color and pattern of the dorsum. The majority of P. ocellata individuals have a gold-colored dorsum, whereas P. babai has the dorsum pigmented in pale cream to white. A series of discrete anatomical and color differences readily distinguish the two.


Page Date: 11 May '98
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