November 4, 2008
From: Brian Francisco
Concerning message #5745:
Last night we found four Dotidae, along with their egg masses, that look a lot like those depicted in the Doto dunnei factsheet. Although the factsheet refers to species found in the North Atlantic, I suppose it's possible that they are in the Indo-Pacific region as well.
Locality: Tasi Tolu, 18 meters, East Timor, Banda Sea, 30 October 2008, sandy slope. Length: 1 cm. Photographer: Brian Francisco.
Francisco, B., 2008 (Nov 4) Doto dunnei? from East Timor. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22004
There are quite a few species of Doto with black spots at the tips of their ceratal tubercles. While anything is possible, I am not sure if we have good evidence to show that species of Doto are 'tramp' species, sreading worldwide on shipping. My bet is that your animal isDoto sp. 7 . It is on a very similar hydroid with a very wrinkled and thick central stalk. For that matter, perhaps D. ussi, which lives on a similar hydroid is also a non-spotted version of one species?