Philinopsis speciosa   Pease,  1860 (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Sreeraj, CR

Color: The ground color of the animal ranges from light translucent brown to an opaque dark brown or even black. There are a pair of yellow to orange-brown parallel lines on the headshield on either side of the midline, and sometimes traces of a second line on each side. The white spots range from quite small to very large, the large white markings being somewhat broken by brown speckling. The margin of the parapodia is colored with black, blue and orange-yellow markings, which can sometimes form lines. The foot appears to be of similar color to the dorsal surface. The color is extremely variable, and parts of the pattern can be absent in any specimen.

Similar species: Philinopsis cyanea

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• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ritchies Archipelago INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mayabunder INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island 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 -
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at -

Page last updated on:2011-08-24

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