Gymnodoris aurita from Sth Africa

May 10, 2006
From: Colin Ogden

Hi Bill,
Sorry to hear about the disk crash, and thank goodness you have back ups. I'm gald to see you are back on stream. I know you devote a huge amount of your own personal time to the forum, and things like this must cause a huge back log for you. I know that I really appreciate all the assistance you have given to me on learning a little about this group of wonderful underwater creatures. I have tried to find this creature on the forum, but he doesn't appear. This is not a great picture, but I believe it is a Gymnodoris aurita.

Locality: Sodwana Bay, 22 metres, South Africa, Indian, 1 july 2005, Coral reef. Length: 40mm. Photographer: Colin Ogden.


Ogden C. M., 2006 (May 10) Gymnodoris aurita from Sth Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Colin,
Sorry but your message got caught up in the aftermath of the 'great disk crash' - forgotten but not lost - you might say. Things sometimes move fast on the Forum and while your message has been in limbo I have made a Fact Sheet for this species and posted a few interesting observations about it. This record of yours from South Africa complements a find I made in Tanzania in the 1970s and confirms that its distribution extends into the western Indian Ocean.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (May 10). Comment on Gymnodoris aurita from Sth Africa by Colin Ogden. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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