The animal we are calling Phyllidiopsis fissurata is rare in the Marshalls. The photo below of two large specimens appears to show the species described by Brunckhorst, but there are some differences. In particular, the rhinophores of this species were described as pink with a black anterior vertical line. Our specimens, as seen in the photo below of a specimen taken on a Kwajalein Atoll seaward reef on 18 April 2010, have rhinophores that appear mostly black with a pink band down the anterior edge. It is possible that they represent something different.
This pair was found on the deep seaward slope at about 40 meters at Kwajalein Atoll. We have also seen this species in Hawaii and at Pohnpei.
There are side and ventral shots of the smaller specimen below. It was found on 27 July 2009 on a very shallow Kwajalein Atoll lagoon reef at a depth of about 2m. The pinkish foot is a character of this species.
Top and bottom of another specimen, this on found on the Kwajalein Atoll seaward reef on 18 January 2015.
Created 25 December 2006
Updated 6 February 2015
Return to thumbnails