Doris sticta from Guernsey

July 13, 2003
From: Richard Lord

Dear Bill.
I regular receive opisthobranchs from crab potter Clive Brown who works strings of crab pots along Guernsey's south coast (English Channel, Great Britain (about 49 24 N and 002 38 W)). On June 30, 2003 Clive brought me two Doris sticta that were attached to each other. I placed them in an aquarium and they separated. I photographed the largest of them, which was about 4 cm long. The crab pot they entered was at a depth of 50 metres.
Best wishes,
Richard Lord

Lord, R., 2003 (Jul 13) Doris sticta from Guernsey. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Richard,
Thanks very much for these photos of an animal not yet represented on the Forum. It has a superficial resemblance externally to a species of Halgerda, but the bushy gills and raised rhinophore pockets are rather different. I have included a couple of close-ups to show the gills and rhinophores in a second message. Thanks also for the photos of the other nudibranchs for the crab pots which I will post in the next few days. Am I right in assuming thet are dragged in when the pots are being retrieved from the bottom?
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Jul 13). Comment on Doris sticta from Guernsey by Richard Lord. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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