Phyllidia scottjohnsoni Brunckhorst, 1993
|Maximum size: 26 mm.
species has a translucent or opaque white
background with large black spots. Small tubercles are present on the
notum and the rhinophores are cream. It can be easily distinguished
from Phyllidiopsis loricata
in that the latter lacks black spots on the mid-dorsal region.
is a rare species that we have only seen once at Midway, on the
underside of an overhang at 12 m (39 ft). However, Keoki Stender
they were common at Midway outside the lagoon at around 15 m (50 ft) (Sea Slug Forum).
the population may be variable. Scott Johnson found several animals
outside the lagoon at Kure at depths of 3-10 m (10-33 ft).
Oahu?, Midway and Kure: also known from Japan and Australia. (Note 1)
species was first recorded in
Hawaii from Kure Atoll by Scott Johnson in June, 1979. It was
described from Hawaii and named for Scott Johnson.
Photo: PF: 26
mm: Midway; Oct. 13, 1997.
Observations and comments:
1: Previous records of this species
from Oahu may have been misidentified P.
loricata--see the comment on Scott
Johnson's site. We've also failed to find any photographic
confirmation for the species from the main islands.