Notodoris serenae
Gosliner & Behrens, 1997

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Aegiretidae


Tropical Western Pacific [Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Palau, Pohnpei and Okinawa (Gosliner & Behrens, 1997). reported in Forum also from Solomon Ids]


Russell Islands, Solomon Ids. Approx 12 meters. September, 2000. Photo: Bruce Potter.

Differs from other known species of Notodoris in its colour pattern, ranging in colour from dull white to grey-green with scattered raised black spots. The most characteristic difference is the development of 3 long extrabranchial appendages which shield the three distinct gills. It can grow to more than 10cm and feeds on the calcareous sponge Leucetta chagosensis Dendy, 1913.

• Gosliner, T.M. & Behrens, D.W. (1997) Description of four new species of Phanerobranch dorids from the Indo-Pacific, with a redescription of Gymnodoris aurita (Gould, 1852). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 49(9): 287-308.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (October 25) Notodoris serenae Gosliner & Behrens, 1997. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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