OKINAWAN
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK

Phyllidiopsis cardinalis Bergh, 1876 (40mm)

Opisthobranch of the Week Data

Taxonomy:

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


Species Account:

        Although I've only collected 6 specimens to date I consider Phyllidiopsis cardinalis to be uncommon, in lieu of being rare, here on Okinawa. A half dozen others have been photographed and perhaps an additional ten or so have been seen over a period of many years.

        Phyllidiopsis cardinalis is quite unlike any other described species of the family; the multicolored dorsum with prominent tubercles as well as the bright yellow foot make a field determination of this animal quite easy.

        The featured animal was found on the undersurface of a slab of coral rubble in an area of mixed sand and strewn coral rubble during the daytime.


Page Date: 18 May '98
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