Dendrodoris guttata from NE Sulawesi

August 11, 2002
From: Jim Anderson

Dear Bill,
Dear Bill,
Attached is an image of an animal I am unable to ID. Can you please advise?

Size: 50mm approx
Depth: 15 metres
Temp: 27 deg C
Dive Site: Hairball, Lembeh Strait, NE Sulawesi, Indonesia.

While turning over half coconut shells on the bottom (and finding eggs of flamboyant cuttlefish under every one) I turned over what was a whole coconut with this creature clinging to the underside and until I came along, buried in the sand. Unfortunately we didn't have time to see if it burrowed back in again - another disadvantage of diving with a group; your expected to keep up with the pack!
Jim Anderson

Anderson, J., 2002 (Aug 11) Dendrodoris guttata from NE Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Jim,
This is Dendrodoris guttata. Quite a few species of Dendrodoris tend to tolerate muddy, silty, places. I doubt if they actually burrow in the sediment, but they will certainly squeeze under objects that are partially embedded,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Aug 11). Comment on Dendrodoris guttata from NE Sulawesi by Jim Anderson. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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