Cadlina flavomaculata
MacFarland, 1905

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, to the southern extreme of the Baja California peninsula, in the region of La Paz, Mexico.


Monterey, California, USA. Subtidal, Photographer: Steve Lonhart

Typical doris shape with an ovate mantle with a broad overlap or 'skirt' which hides the body and foot. The mantle is translucent white with a single row of large, rounded, milky yellow mantle glands running around the mantle skirt some distance from the edge. It is usualy described without a yellow border to the mantle but the specimen illustrated here, and another in Behrens (1991) have  adistinct yellow border. The rhinophores clubs are black and the gills are translucent white.

It is reported to feed on the sponge Aplysilla glacialis (Dybowski, 1880) (see McDonald and Nybakken, 1978).

  • Angulo C. O. (2002) New distributional records for opisthobranch mollusks from the Golfo de California, México. The Festivus, 34 (10): 117-121.
  • Behrens, D. W. (1991) Pacific coast nudibranchs. Sea Challengers, Monterey, CA, 105 pp.
  • MacFarland, F. M. (1905) A preliminary account of the Dorididae of Monterey Bay, California. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 18: 35-54.
  • MacFarland, F. M. (1906) Opisthobranchiate Mollusca from Monterey Bay, California, and vicinity. Bulletin of Fisheries, 25: 109-151.
  • MacFarland, F. M. (1966) Studies of opisthobranchiate mollusks of the Pacific coast of North America. California Academy of Sciences, Memoirs, 6: 1-546.
  • McDonald, G. R. (1983). A review of the nudibranchs of the California coast. Malacologia 24 (1-2): 114-276.
  • McDonald, G. R., & Nybakken, J. R. (1978). Additional notes on the food of some California nudibranchs with a summary of known food habits of California species. The Veliger, 21 (1): 110-118.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2005 (August 19) Cadlina flavomaculata MacFarland, 1905. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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