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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > sea slugs > Order Nudibranchia > Family Phyllidiidae
Black phyllid nudibranch
Phyllidiella nigra
Family Phyllidiidae
updated Sep 12

Where seen? This black nudibranch with pink bumps is often seen 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

Terumbu Bemban, Jul 11

SMilky substance secreted when disturbed.

Short black rhinophores.


Sisters Island, May 07

A pair of oral tentacles on the underside.

Gills hidden under the body.

Black phyllid nudibranchs on Singapore shores

Photos Black phyllid nudibranchs for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


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

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

Cyrene Reef, Jul 09


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

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

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


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

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.

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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