July 29, 2008
From: Teresa Zuberbühler
Concerning message #4061:
Here a photo of Doto sp. 7 laying eggs. Amazing long egg threads! I found the nudibranch on isolated hydroid colonies.
I send you a close-up of the eggs - can't make out if the larger or smaller nudibranch is producing it. Do you know if the larger specimen is the female as is my guess.
On a closer look it is not even clear to me, if they are eating the eggs!!
Locality: Puri Jati, 25 m, Bali, Indonesia, Pacific, August 2006, very fine sand. Length: 7 mm and smaller. Photographer: Teresa (Zubi) Zuberbühler.
email@example.comTeresa Zuberbühler, 2008 (Jul 29) Re: Doto from Indonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21609
I am afraid what's happening is not clear to me either. I can't be sure if the 'eggs' are nudibranch eggs, but I am pretty sure they are not freshly laid eggs. From your photo it looks like this group of Doto have eaten all the polyps on this hydroid colony. They will either have to move on - and hopefully find another suitable colony - or starve.