September 8, 2003
From: Alam Shepard
Here is another shot of a Doto from Eastport, Maine. I had Dr. Larry Harris of the University of New Hampshire take a look at it and he said they've been calling this one Doto formosa. I find little information on D. formosa other than a reference to the species living in our area. Do you have any information on D. formosa and does the tentative identification from Dr. Harris seem correct?
This specimen was found at approximately 12m and was about 12mm long.
Tolland, CT, USA
firstname.lastname@example.orgShepard, A., 2003 (Sep 8) Doto formosa? from Eastport, Maine, USA. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/10897
The only reference I can find to Doto formosa is the original description, which is rather short on information. However, as I say in the Fact Sheet, nothing in your animal contradicts Verrill's description, and local biologists are using the name for that species so I see no reason not to continue to do so. I guess you get the message - any information you can get on the hydroids it feeds on, the shape of its egg ribbon, and any colour variation, will be valuable new information for 'science'.