Notodoris minor from Mauritius

November 20, 2002
From: Marina Poddubetskaia

Dear Bill,
Here are some photos of Notodoris minor. Last year I saw this strange dorid only in Reunion and this year it was present only in Mauritius.

Upper Right: Pereybere, Mauritius, Indian Ocean. Site: L’aquarium de Merville. Depth: 10m. Size: 40-45mm. October 15, 2002
Lower Left: Pereybere, Mauritius, Indian Ocean. Site: Malen. Depth: 18m. Size: 30-35mm. October 18, 2002
Lower Right: Pereybere, Mauritius, Indian Ocean. Site: Grand Aquarium. Depth: 11m. Size: 40-45mm. October 17, 2002.
Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website

Best wishes,

Dear Marina,
Thanks for these photos of juveniles. Of particular interest are the black tips to the rhinophores in the smallest animal (lower left). I have seen small Notodoris about 5mm long on the same sponge as adults and they have had black rhinophores, which raises the question as to whether they are juveniles or whetjer there is a small species with black rhinophores. I think your photo is pretty good evidence to show that black rhinophores are a juvenile character. I will have to find my photos.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Nov 20). Comment on Notodoris minor from Mauritius by Marina Poddubetskaia . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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