May 4, 2006
From: Marina Poddubetskaia Ossokine
Concerning message #16426:
I'm sorry to insist about this detail, but on your Factsheet, Doto floridicola is described as having "the tips of the tubercles ... covered with a dull red spot..." It doesn't fit my animals who have white terminal tubercles.
firstname.lastname@example.orgPoddubetskaia Ossokine, M., 2006 (May 4) Re: Doto paulinae? from French Mediterranean. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16510
You are of course quite right. I should have been more confident of my Fact Sheets! When I got your photos I checked Schmekel & Portmann (1982) and got misled by their description which talks of 'minute brown red or brown dots' but never actually says the minute dots are arranged in large spots or a median band. I guess it's a case of 'not seeing the forest for the trees'. After getting your message I did what I should have done first, and relooked at Trinchese's original description. His illustration, (Plate 58), which I post alongside, is almost identical to your photo. I guess the only difficulty now is that your animals were on Aglaophenia while Schmekel & Portmann report it from Obelia. As species of Doto seem to be very specific in their food choices it would be useful if you could confirm your animals are on Aglaophenia.
I have prepared a Fact Sheet for D. paulinae