Species Index

Hypselodoris bullocki
(Collingwood, 1881)

Distribution: Rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region. In Australia recorded from around Shark Bay in Western Australia, across the tropical north, from northern Queensland to Flinders Reef and the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Ecological Notes: Freqents coral reef. Feeds on Dysidea sp. sponge. Depth to at least 21 m.

Additional Notes: Variable colour from yellowish brown through pink red to bluish purple, with a smooth surfaced mantle and foot and characteristic high arched body at the rhinophore base. Gills reddish, rhinophores white with red edges. Lays a coiled yellow egg ribbon. Grows to at least 40 mm.

References: Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.142.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 24/09/2018.