species: Phyllidia elegans in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Phyllidia elegans

©Johanna Werminghausen: Phyllidia elegans at Lizard Island.

©Barbara Banks: Phyllidia elegans at Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks: Phyllidia elegans at Lizard Island with distinctive black strip on foot.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Nudibranchia
Family Phyllidiidae
Genus Phyllidia
Species Phyllidia elegans



Distinguishing features

Pink to grey with large tubercles arranged in ridges or groups, some tipped with yellow/orange. Black lines between groups of tubercles. Yellow rhinophores. Black midline on the foot sole (easy to see) and black line on its sides (often obscured by the mantle).


  • Up to 6.5 cm (length according to Humann et al, 2010)


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Humann, P. and N. Deloach (2010). Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.