Chelidonura fulvipunctata
Baba, 1938

Family: Aglajidae


Known from Japan and eastern Australia.


North coast of New South Wales, March 1982. 17mm long alive.
PHOTO: Bill Rudman.

Known only from Japan and eastern Australia but probably more widely spread. Some years large populations of this species can be found in early Spring on rock platforms in Sydney. These are probably from larvae which have drifted south from more tropical waters in the eastern Australian current. Australian specimens are seldom more than 18mm long.

This species is very variable in colour but usually can be identified by the large W-shaped mark on the head, although sometimes only part of the W is present.

• Baba,K. (1938) Opisthobranchia of Kii, Middle Japan. Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Kyusyu Imperial University, 6(1): 1-19.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1998 (October 14) Chelidonura fulvipunctata Baba, 1938. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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