Philinopsis cyanea   (Martens,  1879) (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Sreeraj, CR

Size: Max length 4.5 cm TL (male)

Color: Varies from plain black to black with blue, white, yellow or brownish-yellow markings with or without orange or creamy yellow patches. Juvenile animals are often more colorful than adults.

The posterior edge of the headshield has a tapering crest, which stands erect, and the body is cylindrical in shape. A constant feature is the blue edging on the distal ends of both shields and the edges of the parapodia.

Similar species: Philinopsis speciosa

Synonym (s)
Doridium cyanea Martens, 1879

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy, Muddy


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ritchies Archipelago INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Ramakrishna; Sreeraj, CR; Raghunathan, C; Sivaperuman, C; Yogesh Kumar, JS; Raghuraman, R; Immanuel, T and Rajan, PT (2010) Guide to Opisthobranchs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, Kolkata 187 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at -

Page last updated on:2011-08-24

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