Glossodoris? from South Africa

November 10, 1999
From: Valda Fraser

Dear Bill

I would like to know whether this Glossodoris sp has been named.  It is found very commonly on our coast.  This is a huge specimen.  Normally they are half this size.
Locality: South Coast KwaZulu/Natal - SOUTH AFRICA. Near Port Shepstone, Rocky reef, 15 m, October 1999, 40mm long.
I have found it in Gosliner, T. 1987 NUDIBRANCHS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA. Sea Challengers, page 85, specimen 137 Glossodoris sp 4.

Valda Fraser

Fraser, V., 1999 (Nov 10) Glossodoris? from South Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Valda,
I'm pretty sure Terry hasn't described this species as yet. He has reviewed the species of Chromodoris from his book (Gosliner, 1994), but like all of us I am sure he has a backlog of interesting things still to get to.

Bill Rudman.

•Gosliner, T. M. (1994) New species of Chromodoris and Noumea (Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) from the western Indian Ocean and southern Africa. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 48(12): 239-252.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Nov 10). Comment on Glossodoris? from South Africa by Valda Fraser. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Glossodoris sp. 4.

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