Doriopsilla spaldingi from California

September 18, 2000
From: Clinton Bauder

Hi Bill,

Some poking around on Mike Miller's site allowed me to identify the slug mentioned in my previous message. It is Doriopsilla spaldingi - a deep water critter previously described from San Diego. It's at:

Pretty no?


Bauder, C., 2000 (Sep 18) Doriopsilla spaldingi from California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Clinton,
Thanks for answering your own question. Looking at Mike's photo, D. spaldingi is indeed a spectacular animal.

Reference: Valdes, A. & Behrens, D.W. (1998) A new species of Doriopsilla (Mollusca, Nudibranchia, Dendrodorididae) from the Pacific Coast of North America. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 50(13): 307-314.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

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