Dendrodoris rainfordi
Allan, 1932

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dendrodorididae


Known only from Queensland, Australia


Townshend Island side of Canoe Passage, Shoalwater Bay, Central Queensland. September 2002. approx. 17cm long. AMS C415153. Photos: A.C.Miller.

Described from a single preserved specimen, both the dorsal surface and the underside were said to be 'covered with large irregular-sized blister-like tubercles, bearing smaller ones on their surface, and becoming smaller and more congested towards the edges.' I can only assume this is a preservation artifact as the specimen shown photographed here does not have such tubercles, although small irregularities can be seen in the closeup photo of the anterior end in the lower right photo. Its colour pattern however is identical. Allan (1932) likened the colour to that of a colour plate of Kentrodoris annuligera Bergh, a species which is now considered a synonym of Jorunna funebris. The original specimen, from Port Denison, Queensland, was 6.5 inches long preserved [approx 16cm]. Both it and the recently found one illustrated here were found in coastal Queensland.

• Allan, J.K. (1932) Australian Nudibranchs. Australian Zoologist, 7(2): 87-105, Pls 4, 5.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (October 14) Dendrodoris rainfordi Allan, 1932. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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