species: Phyllodesmium longicirrum in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Phyllodesmium longicirrum

©Lisa Hogger: Phyllodesmium longicirrum at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Cassy Thompson: Phyllodesmium longicirrum at Lizard Island, about 10 cm long.

©Ingo Burghardt: Phyllodesmium longicirrum at Lizard Island in aquarium. Found at 12 metres on soft coral Sarcophyton sp..
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Nudibranchia
Family Facelinidae
Genus Phyllodesmium
Species Phyllodesmium longicirrum



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 12 cm (Length of specimens observed at Lizard Island)


Interesting facts

  • This is the largest species of solar-powered sea slug according to Ingo Burghardt.


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Bogdanov, A., C. Hertzer, S. Kehraus, S. Nietzer, S. Rohde, P.J. Schupp, H. Wägele and G.M. König (2015). LIRS catalog number 1987.
  • Bogdanov, A., C. Hertzer, S. Kehraus, S. Nietzer, S. Rohde, P.J. Schupp, H. Waegele and G.M. K�nig (2017). Secondary metabolome and its defensive role in the aeolidoidean Phyllodesmium longicirrum, (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Nudibranchia). Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, 13: 502-519. LIRS catalog number 2117.
  • Bogdanov, A., S. Kehraus, S. Bleidissel, G. Preisfeld, D. Schillo, J. Piel, A.O. Brachmann, H. Wägele and G.M. König (2014). Defense in the aeolidoidean genus Phyllodesmium (Gastropoda), Journal of Chemical Ecology, 40: 1013-1024. LIRS catalog number 1780.
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