Glossodoris stellatus
Rudman, 1986

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Known from Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia.


Sipadan, Malaysia, 9 May 1992 Photo: D.J.W.Lane.

Very characteristic dark brown to black background colour with the whole body covered in small white specks. The body is relatively hard and the mantle edge [or skirt] is very reduced much like some species of Ceratosoma. Behind the gills the mantle edge fuses in to the long raised posterior part of the foot. The name stellatus is from the Latin word for 'starry' and refers to the colour of the animal. Hopefully the sky still looks like this in some parts of the world.

• Rudman,WB (1986) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: The genus Glossodoris Ehrenberg (= Casella, H. & A. Adams). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 86(2): 101-184.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (May 2) Glossodoris stellatus Rudman, 1986. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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