Doriopsis pecten from New Caledonia

March 7, 2003
From: Bill Rudman

Here is a photo of a typical Doriopsis pecten from New Caledonia. The criss-cross pattern of spicules is clearly seen in the dorsal midline. The lower photo shows the characteristic posteriorly facing gills arranged in a horizontal fan-shape. The dorsal flap covering the gill opening is somewhat wider in this species than in Doriopsis granulosa.

Photo: Lower Left - close-up of gills. Koumac Beach (=Baie de Ouanap), near Koumac, New Caledonia, 20°34'S, 164°16'E, Mixed soft and hard substrate, grassbeds, algae, 27 October 1993, 7mm long alive, AM C200674. Photos: Bill Rudman.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Mar 7) Doriopsis pecten from New Caledonia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Doriopsis pecten

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