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Phyllidiopsis xishaensis (Lin, 1983) [Phyllidia]

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Phyllidiopsis xishaensis is characterized by translucent straw-coloured rhinophores, 3 low white ridges on the mantle with a white margin and 4 black lines. The 2 median black lines unite between the rhinophores. Sometimes there are also black spots at the white mantle margin.
Comment from Nathalie Yonow:
Phyllidiopsis xishaensis is well known throughout the Indo-Pacific as Phyllidiopsis striata  Bergh, 1889. This is a misnomer as
Phyllidiopsis striata  Bergh, 1889 is a valid species, in the genus Phyllidiella as Phyllidiella striata (Bergh, 1889) [Phyllidiopsis] and clearly different, more similar to Phyllidiella rosans.
This species was posted on 12 July 2003 on these websites as Phyllidiopsis striata  Bergh, 1889. I changed it on 28 September 2010 into
Phyllidiopsis xishaensis (Lin, 1983) [Phyllidia].
Pretty similar are:
Phyllidiopsis annae which has black rhinophores and a granular blue mantle with a blue mantle margin and 4 black lines. The 2 median black lines unite between the rhinophores.
Phyllidiopsis phiphiensis which has black rhinophores, 2 low white ridges on the mantle with a white mantle margin with black spots and 3 black lines. This species was first reported from the Phi Phi Islands, Thailand and not yet from the Philippines.
Phyllidiopsis sphingis which has white rhinophores, 3 low white ridges on the mantle with an iridescent blue broad margin and 4 black lines with black rays extending to the mantle edge. The 2 median black lines unite between the rhinophores.
More information on Phyllidiopsis xishaensis as Phyllidiopsis striata are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2016), published 15 March 2016, Phyllidiopsis xishaensis (Lin, 1983)
available from http://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Euctenidiacea/Phyllidiopsis_xishaensis.htm