?Platydoris from Solomon Ids

July 27, 2004
From: Bruce Potter

Dear Bill,
I found the attached nudibranch on a night dive in April of this year, at a site called Leilei, just on the outskirts of Honiara, Solomon Islands.

This is a coral and rubble site. It was at about 8 meters depth, and was about 20mm long. I have not been able to find it in any of my books. Can you help please?
Bruce Potter


Potter, B., 2004 (Jul 27) ?Platydoris from Solomon Ids. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/12695

Dear Bruce,
There are still quite a few brownish-reddish dorids which still need working on, bit in tropical waters and temperate parts of the world. Although in profile and colour, your animal looks like a species of Rostanga I suspect the lack of the characteristic bristly caryophyllidia on the mantle rules that identification out. From your photo it seems to have low tubercles which could suggest it is a species of Platydoris, possibly a juvenile of the animal I am calling Platydoris sp. 5.
Best wishes
Bill Rudman


Platydoris sp. 5

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