Phyllidiella pustulosa   (Cuvier,  1804) (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Sreeraj, CR

Size: Length 3.5- 6.0 cm; width 1.5-2.8 cm

Three median clusters of pink tubercles present. The tubercles are in a cluster which is separated in adult specimen; however, it is amalgamated in juveniles. The intensity of pink coloration is possibly related to diet and time since feeding. The mantle has pale pink edge, the broad and oral tentacles are triangular, black tipped and the rhinophoral clavus possessing 22-26 lamellae.

Similar species: Phyllidiella annulata, Phyllidiella cooraburrama and Phyllidiella granulata.

Synonym (s)
Fryeria variabilis Collingwood, 1881
Phyllidia albonigra Quoy & Gaimard, 1832
Phyllidia melanocera Yonow, 1986
Phyllidia pustulosa Cuvier, 1804
Phyllidia rotunda Eliot, 1904
Phyllidia spectabilis Collingwood, 1881
Phyllidia verrucosa van Hasselt, 1824
Phyllidiella nobilis Bergh, 1869

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


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

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