Dendrodoris carbunculosa from Hawaii

August 28, 2003
From: Matthew Cummings

Hi Bill,
I currently have an approx. 6in Dendrodoris carbunculosa who just layed eggs. I know that these photos are not the best. the eggs are a silky looking ribbon that is approx. 1in high and is laid in a spiral formation on top off the rock work. This particular nudibranch I aquired off of the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

This is the first time i have tried to post anything on the net but here goes. I just thought that you may be interested in this. I have had it in captivity for approx. a month. It is doing fine it spends most of the day cruising the tank. Since adding this specimen I have not had any problems with the detritus algae. It is sharing a tank with a mated pair of coral banded shrimp collected the same night.
Matthew Cummings

Cummings, M., 2003 (Aug 28) Dendrodoris carbunculosa from Hawaii. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Matthew,
Thanks for the message. Concerning its well-being. This animal is a sponge feeder - but it will require specific species of sponges, not just any old sponge. I suspect the reason you aren't haven't algal problems is not because the slug is eating the algae, but because its mucus trail, as it crawls around is killing the algae. I'm afraid laying eggs is also often a sign of stress. Unless you animal has found some appropriate sponge in your aquarium, it will be slowly starving to death
Sorry I can't be more positive
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Aug 28). Comment on Dendrodoris carbunculosa from Hawaii by Matthew Cummings. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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