Doto cf. pita

Family: Dotidae


Hachijo Island, Japan., May 2002. Photo: Shouichi Kato.

Doto pita Marcus, 1955 was first described from Brazil and has since been recorded in the tropical west Atlantic from the Caribbean and as far north as Florida. Baba (1971) identified a similar looking animal from Japan as this species, but no detailed comparison of their anatomy has been undertaken. If the identification is correct then the occurrence of a species in both the west Atlantic and NW Pacific is almost certainly a result of human disturbance.

• Baba, K. (1971) Anatomical studies on three species of Doto (D. bella, D. japonica, and D. pita) from Japan (Nudibranchia: Dendronotoidea: Dotoidae. Publications of the Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, 19(2/3): 73-79, Pls 4, 5.
• Edmunds, M. & Just, H. (1985) Dorid, Dendronotid and Arminid nudibranchiate mollusca from Barbados. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 51: 52-63
• Marcus, Er. (1957) On Opisthobranchia from Brazil (2). Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology, 43: 390-486.
• Marcus, Ev. & Marcus, Er. (1963) Opisthobranchs from the Lesser Antilles. Studies on the Fauna of Curacao and other Caribbean Islands, 19(79): 1-76.
• Marcus, Er. (1955) Opisthobranchia from Brazil. Boletim da Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras. Universidade de Sao Paulo, Zoologia, 20: 89-261. (Pls. 1-30)

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (June 27) Doto cf. pita [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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