Atagema intecta (Kelaart, 1858)

Atagema intecta
Atagema intecta
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 1 April 2007
Location: 
NW Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Atagema intecta
Atagema intecta
Photographer: 
Bob Edgar
Date: 
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
18m
Additional Notes: 

Colour variation shown here.

Distribution:

Locally common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout the tropical Indo-West Pacific. In Australia known from southern Queensland and northern NSW.

Ecological Notes:

Found inter-tidally to a depth of 18m on gravelly edges of reef. Feeds on sponges.

Additional Notes:

A medium sized dorid with a mantle studded with numerous compound pustules. Colour is variable from brown to black with an irregular mid-dorsal cream line (sometimes almost absent). There are usually microscopic white spots covering the mantle, gills and rhinophores. Grows to 80mm.