May 25, 2009
From: Apte Deepak
Dear Dr. Bill
We had great expedition to the Gulf of Kutch, Gujarat, India. We got about 20 species in three days. Are these Doriopsilla peculiaris ?
Locality: Gulf of Kutch, Exposed reef, Gujarat, India, Arabian Sea, 27 March 2009, Muddy reef. Length: 10 mm. Photographer: Deepak Apte.
firstname.lastname@example.orgApte D.A., 2009 (May 25) Doriopsilla miniata from the Gulf of Kutch, India. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22375
The animal in your upper photo is definitely Doriopsilla miniata, which was described from the east coast of India about 150 years ago. I am not so sure about the yellow animals in your second photo. Did you see one of them laying the egg ribbon? The eggs in it look relatively large, suggesting the larvae will be direct developers without a free-living larval stage. However unless we know for certain that the egg ribbon belongs to one of them we can't say whether this is relevant or not. Why I mention it is that D. miniatahas direct developing eggs [see message #10469]. However that species usually has some indication of the white lines on the mantle so it may be a different species.
It is unlikely to be Doriopsilla peculiaris, because that species is considered to be a southern Australian species.
Re: Doriopsilla miniata from the Gulf of Kutch, India
From: Apte Deepak, May 29, 2009
Re: Doriopsilla miniata and its egg-ribbons
From: Kirsten Benkendorff, July 18, 2003
Doriopisilla miniata from South Africa
From: Rudolph van Jaarsveld, February 8, 2003
Doriopsilla miniata from Sth Africa
From: Valda Fraser, August 7, 2001
Dendrodoris miniata from Port Stephens, NSW
From: Ron Greer, May 22, 2000