Brown 'Spanish Dancer' in Maldives

November 29, 2005
From: Mirta Moraitis

Dear Bill
From Indonesia I live now in the Maldives and few days ago during a night dive in the lagoon we found a big Nudibranch swimming (15 cm). It is the first time that I see a Spanish Dancer like this. I think is a Spanish Dancer but I'm not sure because of the color.

Locality: Velavaru Island Resort, Maldives, Indian Ocean. Depth: 2 mt. Length: 15 cm. 26 November 2005. sandy. Photographer: Mirta Moraitis

Sorry for the very bad picture.
Thank you very much for your help
Mirta Moraitis

Moraitis, M., 2005 (Nov 29) Brown 'Spanish Dancer' in Maldives. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Mirta,

Not all large swimming dorids are Hexabranchus. This is Sebadoris nubilosa. It's quite a coincidence you finding it recently, as it is only a few days since we had our first message [#15293] about this species. It can grow quite large, can swim by flapping its mantle skirt, and can also break off much of the mantle skirt when disturbed [see autotomy page]. It looks like a species of Discodoris but the soft pointed papillae all over the mantle are quite characteristic.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Nov 29). Comment on Brown 'Spanish Dancer' in Maldives by Mirta Moraitis. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Sebadoris nubilosa

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