Carminodoris boucheti from Strait of Gibraltar

October 14, 2002
From: Alma Sanchez

Dear Dr. Rudman,
Recently, I collected four specimens of Carminodoris boucheti Ortea, 1979, from the Strait of Gibraltar (Southern Spain) with a bathymetric range between approximately 6- 10 meters at depth under stones. This specimen was collected in May, 2002 at 6 m. depth. Size: 22mm long. Place: La Seca Reef (Tr. LSE)

Originally described from Asturias (type locality: La Concha de Artedo), North coast of Spain, this species, in the Mediterranean Sea, has been cited in the Catalonian littoral, Spain, (Ballesteros & Ortea, 1981) and in Italian coast of Sardinia ( Perrone & Doneddu, 1997). I think this record extends the geographical range of this species, which had never before been documented in the Strait of Gibraltar.

The specimen has been identified from the photo by Drs. Lucas Cervera, Jesus Ortea and Angel Valdes.

For more information see:
• Ortea, J., 1979. Deux nouveaux Doridiens (Mollusca, Nudibranchiata) de la cote nord d'Espagne. Bulletin du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (section A Zoologie), (4)1(3): 575-583.
• Ortea J., 1980b. Contribucion al conocimiento de Carminodoris boucheti Ortea, 1979 (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia: Doridacea) de la costa asturiana. Boletin de Ciencias de la Naturaleza (IDEA),26: 53-56.
• Ballesteros, M. Y., Ortea. J., 1981. Nota Sobre Dos Opistobranquios Del Litoral Catalan. P. Dept. Zoll. Barcelona, 6: 33-38.
• Perrone, A. S. & Doneddu, M., 1997. Una specie di Nudibranchi del genere Carminodoris Bergh, 1889 nuova per le coste italiane: Carminodoris boucheti Ortea, 1979. Opisthobranchia: Nudibranchia. Bollettino Malacologico, 32(1-4): 47-56.

Best wishes

Sanchez, A., 2002 (Oct 14) Carminodoris boucheti from Strait of Gibraltar. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Alma,
Thanks very much. From the photo this looks very like a species of Jorunna so its good to get such an 'expertly' identified pair of photos. I see from Ortea's 1980 description that the spicules on the caryophyllidia are less prominent than in species of Jorunna. of course there are anatomical differences, such as the microscopic hooks on the penis in Carminodoris, rather than the penial style found in Jorunna. Also in Carminodoris there are many more teeth in each row than in Jorunna.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Oct 14). Comment on Carminodoris boucheti from Strait of Gibraltar by Alma Sanchez. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from