November 23, 2007
From: Sabine Rock
We found this quite solid and speedy nudibranch on a muck dive of Pulau Redang, Malaysia. The art work of each individual little 'treasure map' on its back is wonderful and fascinating. Could you provide us with a name?
Locality: Pulau Redang, 18 meters, Malaysia, South China Sea, 19 October 2007, muck. Length: 12 cm. Photographer: Sabine Rock.
Many thanks and
firstname.lastname@example.orgRock, S., 2007 (Nov 23) Huge range extension from Dendrodoris rainfordi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21131
This is Dendrodoris rainfordi which was described from coastal Queensland, Australia in 1932 and not reported again until 70 years later with two photos being posted on the Forum - also from Queensland. So your animal is a very interesting record extending the known geographic range of the species from Queensland to Malaysia.
Your find makes me wonder if it is known in the NW Pacific perhaps under a different name, but I can't recall one.
Dendrodoris rainfordi from Thailand
From: Lawrence Neal, November 29, 2007
Dendrodoris rainfordi from Moreton Bay, Queensland
From: Nerida Wilson, April 23, 2003
Dendrodoris rainfordi Allan, 1932
From: Alison Miller, October 16, 2002