Platydoris ocellata
Dorgan, Valdes & Gosliner, 2002

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Tropical western Pacific


Upper: Pulau Tolandono, Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia. Depth 12-14 m. 20 August 1999. Approx 250 mm long. Photo: Dan Johnston.
Lower: Tumbila, Florida group (Nggela), Solomon Islands. Approx 100mm long. Photo: Scott Johnson

Typical shape for the genus with a broad, thin, leathery mantle skirt and raised crenulate rhinophore and gill pockets. Mantle brown with small raise white tubercles. Around the mantle edge is a cream to yellowish marginal band and a dark reddish brown submarginal band. On the inside of this brown band there is sometimes a continuation of the yellowish margin, and sometimes a translucent white band which gradually diffuses into the brown background. Usually there are scattered white spots, ringed with dark brown, on the mantle. In some specimens these are large and prominent, while in other specimens they are small and inconspicuous. Prior to its naming, this species was known on the Forum as Platydoris sp. 1.

• K.M. Dorgan, A. Valdes and T.M. Gosliner. 2002. Phylogenetic systematics of the genus Platydoris (Mollusca, Nudibranchia, Doridoidea) with descriptions of six new species. Zoologica Scripta, 31: 271-319.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (December 30) Platydoris ocellata Dorgan, Valdes & Gosliner, 2002. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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