Alloiodoris lanuginata
(Abraham, 1877)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Endemic to New Zealand


Timaru, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, 44.3774 S, 171.2497 E., 10 January 2008, Intertidal rock. Length: ~ 2 inches. Photographer: N Mieszkowska.

This is a relatively large dorid with a wide mantle skirt, growing to at least 8 cm in length. The mantle is covered is microscopic spiculate tubercules which makes the mantle surface quite rough to the touch. It varies from brown to a pinkish or whitish colour with scattered large brownish spots and smaller whitish ones. The translucent whitish gills are large and branched and the rhinophores are also pale in colour.

  • Abraham, P. S. 1877. Revision of the anthobranchiate nudibranchiate Mollusca, with descriptions or notices of forty-one hitherto undescribed species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London pp. 196-269, pls. 27-30.
  • Eliot, C. N. E. 1907a. Nudibranchs from New Zealand and the Falkland Islands. Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London 7(6):327-361, pl. 28.
  • Willan, R. C., &  Morton, J.E. 1984. Marine Molluscs part II - Opisthobranchia, pp. 1-106. University of Auckland, Leigh Marine Laboratory.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2010 (January 19) Alloiodoris lanuginata (Abraham, 1877). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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