Phyllidia varicosa Lamarck, 1801

Phyllidia varicosa is rare in the Marshalls, unless its variation includes specimens of Phyllidia sp. e359. The specimen below is a typical P. varicosa. The margins are colored like those of P. sp. e359, which suggests that the two might be the same species. The image is a still captured from video on the Kwajalein Atoll seaward reef on 19 May 2008. We saw numerous typical P. varicosa in Hawaii and the Solomons.

Along with several other species, this one appears to be a Mullerian mimic.

Created 25 December 2006
Updated 1 March 2010

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