Doriopsilla aurea
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dendrodorididae


Southern Australia from New South Wales to Western Australia.


UPPER RIGHT: A, Sisters Is., NW Tasmania, 15m, August 1985, AMC147654. B, Mutton Bird Is., Coffs Harbour region, New South Wales, March 1988, 16mm long. C, southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, February 1985. 7mm long.
LOWER LEFT: southern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, February 1985. juvenile, 12mm long.
LOWER RIGHT: Sisters Is., NW Tasmania, 15m, August 1985, 16mm. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Ranges in colour from a translucent white to deep orange. back covered in soft rounded translucent white pustules. Similar in appearance to Neodoris chrysoderma but can be easily distinguished by the typically reduced dendrodorid head in D. aurea.
Compare with Dendrodoris citrina and Doriopsilla miniata.

Note added 2 Feb 2005: previously called Dendrodoris aurea on Forum

  • Burn, R.F. (1962) Notes on a collection of Nudibranchia (Gastropoda: Dorididae and Dendrodorididae) from South Australia with remarks on the species of Basedow and Hedley, 1905. Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria, 25: 149-171.
  •  Quoy, J.R. & Gaimard, J.P. (1832). Voyage de decouvertes de L'Astrolabe pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont D'Urville, Zoologie, 2: 1-686.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (March 13) Doriopsilla aurea (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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