Hypselodoris bennetti (Angas, 1864)

Hypselodoris bennetti
Hypselodoris bennetti
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Location: 
North Rock
Depth: 
12m
Hypselodoris bennetti
Hypselodoris bennetti
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Location: 
Split Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Distribution:

Occasionally extremely common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park (SIMP). Only known from the east coast of Australia, most records in NSW.

Ecological Notes:

Found in shallow to deep rocky reef.

Additional Notes:

This attractive dorid is often found in pairs, is diurnally active and grows to 60mm, although is often smaller in the SIMP. Its food sponge isĀ Psammocinia sp. This sponge is often overgrown with algae and not easily recognisable. Mating pair pictured in the top photograph. Similar Goniobranchus hunterae has pale gills and rhinophores.