Ardeadoris averni (Rudman, 1985)

Ardeadoris averni
Ardeadoris averni
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 7 March 2014
Location: 
North Rock
Depth: 
9m
Distribution:

Probably rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from the Great Barrier Reef south as far as Sydney. Also recorded from the Philippines and New Guinea.

Ecological Notes:

Found in shallower water on reef to a depth of 20 m. Feeds on sponges.

Additional Notes:

This species is characterised by its brilliant red margins and white body. The depth of colour, frilliness and width of margin is variable. Lays a yellow egg ribbon. Grows to 30 mm.

References:

Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.109.