Known from temperate and subtropical South Africa from Cape Point to Transkei (Gosliner & Johnson, 1999)
Intertidal pool, Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape, nr Port Elizabeth, South Africa. 30mm long alive, 1971. Photo: Robin Stobbs.
Very similar in colour to Hypselodoris carnea. Gosliner & Johnson (1999) differentiate the two by noting that in H. carnea the background colour is opaque white while in H. capensis it is more pale pink. Gosliner (1987) suggests that H. capensis also differs in having a broken purple margin around the anterior end. There are of course anatomical differences.
• Gosliner, T.M., (1987) Nudibranchs of Southern Africa
• Gosliner, T.M. & Johnson, R.F. (1999) Phylogeny of Hypselodoris (Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) with a review of the monophyletic clade of Indo-Pacific species, including descriptions of twelve new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 125: 1-114.
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (July 19) Hypselodoris capensis (Barnard, 1927). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/hypscape