Sclerodoris tuberculata from India

September 29, 2009
From: Deepak Apte

Concerning message #12508:

Is it Sclerodoris tuberculata?

Locality: Gulf of Kutch, exposed reef, India, Arabean Sea, 14 April 2009, Muddy reef. Length: 30mm. Photographer: Deepak Apte.

Deepak Apte

Dear Deepak,

This could well be the red form of Sclerodoris tuberculata. However it doesn't have white patches scattered over the mantle or white dusting on the upper half of the gills, and the body shape appears more flattened then normal. It is difficult to be 100% sure when identifying some of these rather nondescript looking dorids from photos, but its most likely to be that species.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2009 (Sep 29). Comment on Sclerodoris tuberculata from India by Deepak Apte. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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