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Phyllidiidae is one of the most common sea slug groups in tropical marine habitats. Because of their colors and wide distribution, they are well known to divers. They are also of interest for pharmaceutical research because of their toxic compounds, which they extract from their sponge food. However, little is known about relationships and especially cryptic speciation within the genera and species. We investigate the biodiversity of these sea slugs in North Sulawesi (Indonesia) and try to clarify the pyhlogenetic relationships within some genera.