Aphelodoris varia (Abraham, 1877)


Moderately common within the Solitary Islands Marine Park, but probably at the northern end of its range. Endemic to New South Wales where it may be locally common.

Ecological Notes: 

Found in cooler water to a depth of 25 m, but more commonly shallower. Feeds on sponges.

Additional Notes: 

Extremely variable in body colour ranging from yellowish white to brown, and also gills and rhinophores, ranging from pale to brown/black. Concentric lines edge the mantle which may also be patterned/speckled. Grows to 70 mm.


Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.201.

Matt J. Nimbs, Stephen D.A. Smith, An Illustrated Inventory of the Sea Slugs of New South Wales, Australia (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia). The Royal Society of Victoria, 128, 44-113, 2016 10.1071/RS16011. CSIRO Publishing. p.71.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/aphevari Accessed 5th April 2018.