Carminodoris nodulosa (Angas, 1864)

Hoplodoris nodulosa
Hoplodoris nodulosa
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Location: 
N W Solitary Is.
Depth: 
9m
Photographer: 
John Williams
Date: 
Saturday, 1 January 2000
Location: 
Sth. Solitary Island
Depth: 
11m
Photographer: 
Daphne Gentle
Date: 
Monday, 1 January 1990
Location: 
Korff's Islet
Depth: 
18m
Additional Notes: 

Characteristic orange colouration on inside of gills visible in this photo.

Distribution:

Moderately common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout the temperate waters of southern Australia, from New South Wales to Western Australia, southern Queensland, and New Zealand.

Ecological Notes:

Intertidal, under stones to a depth of 55 m. Feeds on sponges.

Additional Notes:

Wide colour variation with body colouring varying from light yellow to reddish brown. Numerous pustules (brown with a white ring at the base) dot the mantle. Characteristically darker banding in the centre usually devoid of pustules. Grows to about 40 mm.

References:

Robert Burn, 2015. Museum Victoria Field Guides: Nudibranchs and related molluscs. Museum Victoria, Melbourne. p.138.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/hoplnodu. Accessed 24/09/2018.