species: Phyllodesmium lizardense in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Phyllodesmium lizardense

©Heike Waegele and Ingo Burghardt: An individual specimen of Phyllodesmium lizardense from Lizard Island. The slug mimics the soft coral Heteroxenia sp. sp in which it lives. The head is on the left.

©Heike Waegele and Ingo Burghardt: A specimen of Phyllodesmium lizardense in its natural habitat, the soft coral Heteroxenia sp. sp. The slug's cerata are more erect than the coral polyps surrounding it in this photo.

©Ingo Burghardt: Phyllodesmium lizardense from Lizard Island, lab photo
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Nudibranchia
Family Facelinidae
Genus Phyllodesmium
Species Phyllodesmium lizardense



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



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Web resources


  • Affeld, S., S Kehraus, H. Waegele and G.M. Koenig (2009). Dietary derived sesquiterpenes from Phyllodesmium lizardensis, Journal of Natural Products, 72: 298-300. LIRS catalog number 1254.
  • Ahmadian, R., I. Burghardt and U.L. Shepherd (2016). Embryonic development of the solar-powered nudibranch Phyllodesmium lizardensis (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia). Molluscan Research, 36(4): 285-289. LIRS catalog number 2008.
  • 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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