Glossodoris tomsmithi
Bertsch & Gosliner, 1989

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Hawaii and Marshall Ids. [Also records on Forum from Okinawa, Guam and Wetsern Australia].


Specimens from Hawaii (UPPER) and Marshall Islands (LOWER). PHOTOS: Scott Johnson.

Note from Scott Johnson: "In the Hawaiian Islands, the species is relatively common ... while it is relatively rare in the Marshalls, where specimens tend to be larger with more numerous and more crowded dorsal white spots. Another interesting and consistent color variation is on the rhinophores: brown in the Marshalls and blue-black in Hawaii".

In Hawaiian specimens the yellow border seems to be more distinct. See Scott Johnson's message below for more photos showing colour variation.

See also Glossodoris sp. 6  from South Africa.

  • Bertsch, H. & Gosliner, T.M. (1989) Chromodorid nudibranchs from the Hawaiian Islands. The Veliger, 32(3): 247-265.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (November 20) Glossodoris tomsmithi Bertsch & Gosliner, 1989. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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