Doriopsilla miniata (Alder and Hancock, 1864)

Photographer: 
Steve Smith
Date: 
Wednesday, 1 January 1997
Location: 
Arrawarra Headland
Photographer: 
Daphne Gentle
Date: 
Sunday, 1 January 1989
Location: 
Split Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region, South Africa, India, Hong Kong and north to Japan. Recorded from Western Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. In New South Wales records from Byron Bay and Sydney.

Ecological Notes:

Found inter-tidally and to 20 m depth on rocky reef.

Additional Notes:

This dorid may vary in colour from pale yellow or orange to brick red.The translucent mantle with its vivid white veins appears rough textured and has a peppery unpleasant taste. The ribbon egg mass is bright orange or red in colour. 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.167.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Doriopsilla+miniata. Accessed 29/07/18.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/dorimini. Accessed 29/07/18.