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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > sea slugs > Order Nudibranchia > Family Phyllidiidae
Black phyllid nudibranch
Phyllidiella nigra
Family Phyllidiidae
updated May 2020

Where seen? This small black nudibranch with pink bumps is among the more commonly encountered on our Southern shores, near coral rubble and reefs.

Features: 4-5 cm long. Body long, hard with bumps (called tubercles) that are evenly distributed throughout its body (not clustered in groups or in ridges along the body). The bumps are tall and rounded, are pink to red near the tips, but black where they join the body. The short rhinophores are black. When disturbed, it secretes a milky substance. The broad foot on the underside is bluish and does not have a line along the centre.

Kusu Island, Feb 05

Milky substance secreted when disturbed.

Short black rhinophores.


Underside plain (no stripe or markings).
Pulau Hantu, Mar 06

A pair of oral tentacles on the underside.
Sisters Island, May 07


Gills hidden under the body.


'Hole' from where it just fed?
Terumbu Bemban, Jun 20
Photo shared by Dayna Cheah on facebook.

Black phyllid nudibranchs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


East Coast Park (B), Jun 21
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Sentosa, Jul 08
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Sentosa Tg Rimau, Apr 21
Photo shared by James Koh on flickr.


Terumbu Selegie, Jun 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Hantu, May 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.


Pulau Semakau (North), Apr 16
Photo shared by Jialin Liu on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Feb 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Pulau Tekukor, Jun 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.



Terumbu Semakau, Jun 10
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Terumbu Semakau, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Terumbu Bemban, Jul 11


Terumbu Pempang Laut, Aug 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Beting Bemban Besar, Apr 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Terumbu Bemban, Jun 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.


Terumbu Bemban, Jun 15
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Seringat-Kias, Nov 14
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.


Terumbu Berkas, Jan 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Pulau Salu, Apr 21
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Links
References
  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
  • Wells, Fred E. and Clayton W. Bryce. 2000. Slugs of Western Australia: A guide to the species from the Indian to West Pacific Oceans. Western Australian Museum. 184 pp.
  • Coleman, Neville. 2001. 1001 Nudibranchs: Catalogue of Indo-Pacific Sea Slugs. Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, Australia.144pp.
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