Doriopsilla spaldingi from Carmel, California

November 5, 2007
From: Clinton Bauder

Hi Bill,

Did a nice dive on the Great Pinnacle at Point Lobos State Reserve. Our objective was to survey the nudibranchs at 35 meters along the north wall of hte pinnacle. I had hoped to find Doriopsilla spaldingi and would have been happy seeing one but we found eight. My friend Mark Lloyd got some nice pictures.

Locality: The Great Pinnacle at Point Lobos, 35 meters, California, USA, Pacific, 27 October 2007, Rock wall. Length: 50-90 mm. Photographer: Mark Lloyd.

Clinton

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Bauder, C., 2007 (Nov 5) Doriopsilla spaldingi from Carmel, California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21054

Hi Clinton,

This is great. We have always known the species to be in Carmel, the northernmost documented locality of its geographic range, but this really strengthens that finding. Your specimens match our original description perfectly, with the irridescent blue marginal band distinguishing it immediately from D. albopunctata. The cropped close-up shows the low tubercles on the surface of the notum, a characteristic of species in the genus.

I would like to point out that the depth of this find is consistent with all the documented specimens I am aware of. This is definitely a 30 plus meters species.

Thanks so much for sharing these. This really made my day,
Dave Behrens

Behrens, D.W., 2007 (Nov 5). Comment on Doriopsilla spaldingi from Carmel, California by Clinton Bauder. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21054

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