Phyllidia picta is known in the Marshalls from several specimens found at Kwajalein Atoll. All were on the seaward reef, in ledges during the day or in small caves at night. There is some variation in pattern, with some specimens resembling Phyllidia coelestis, but in that species the black bands across the dorsum do not have branches extending down toward the margins. You often see this species listed in the genus Fryeria.
This another of the Mullerian mimics in the P. varicosa group.
The compound tubercles make this one look like Phyllidia tula, but the lateral coloration is more like P. picta. Still, it could be yet another species hidden in the variation among all these similar species.
This species lacks a black line on the bottom of its foot, another characteristic differentiating it from Phyllidia tula.
Created 25 December 2006
Updated 15 December 2015
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