Dendrodoris coronata in Southern Queensland

July 20, 2005
From: Gary Cobb

Hi Bill,
I thought you and the readers might be interested in a find we made on the weekend at Old Woman Island Queensland Australia, North Reef. When I turned over the small coral encrusted rock I spotted what appeared to be a cowrie. After looking around the surface, two rhinophores popped up! I noticed the band of tubercles in front of the gills. This is Dendrodoris coronata. I see there is not much written about this beautiful animal.

Locality: Old Woman Island - North Reef, Queensland, Australia. Depth: 7 m. Length: 35 mm. 16 July 2005. subtidal. Photographer: Gary Cobb

Is this a new record for this area?

Cobb, Gary, 2005 (Jul 20) Dendrodoris coronata in Southern Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Gary,
It's always nice to get a  record of this species. I say on the Fact Sheet that I think it resembles a cowry so its nice to see someone else sees the resemblance. Without checking all my records I can't say whether it has been recorded from your neck of the woods, but I have found it in New South Wales and the Great Barrier Reef.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Jul 20). Comment on Dendrodoris coronata in Southern Queensland by Gary Cobb. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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