Phyllidiopsis burni Brunckhorst, 1993

Phyllidiopsis burni seems to prefer the deeper seaward reef slopes of Enewetak and Kwajalein Atolls. Although it seems relatively rare, nearly all the specimens were found at depths of about 40 meters and deeper. They may be fairly common down there, but we just cannot spend a lot of time looking. The isolated clusters of pointed pink tubercles along with the smaller single tubercles along the margins seem to be good characters for this species. We have also seen this in Pohnpei.

This species is one of the Mullerian mimics in the Phyllidiella pustulosa group.

Created 25 December 2006

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