Sclerodoris apiculata
(Alder & Hancock, 1864)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Indo-West Pacific


Upper right, Lower left: Coffs Harbour Region, nthn New South Wales, Australia, Dec 1990. AM C164558. Lower right: Close-up of papillae.AM C133277. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Usually a dull, brown or yellowish colour, with a firm, sponge-like mantle. Characterised by the the extensible papillae which are attached to the tips of scattered tubercles. The larger tubercles (see LOWER RIGHT) can have secondary papillae. The papilla are fluid filled and because they can be fully retracted, there is sometimes no sign of them in preserved animals.

• Alder, J. & Hancock, A. (1864) Notice of a collection of Nudibranchiate Mollusca made in India by Walter Elliot, Esq., with descriptions of several new genera and species. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 5: 113-147.
• Rudman, W.B. (1978) The dorid opisthobranch genera Halgerda and Sclerodoris from the Indo-West Pacific. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 62: 59-88.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (February 6) Sclerodoris apiculata (Alder & Hancock, 1864). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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