Original illustration of Doris picta Pease 1860

March 7, 2005
From: Bill Rudman

Here is another message concerning the white and purple-spotted chromodorids described from Hawaii by Pease and Garrett. In this one I post the original illustration of Doris picta, Pease, 1860 

Doris picta   was originally described (Pease, 1860) without an illustration. Bergh (1881: Pl. G, fig  3-5) subsequently published a painting by Andrew Garrett, which we assume was available to Pease.

Here is Pease's description of the external colour:
Colour white, with small irrgular white spots. Obsolete, yellow spots along the margin, which as well as the foot, is bordered with orange. The angular edge of the branchiae edged with carmine. Tentacles tipped with orange. Length 1 inch 6 lines.

The name Doris picta is preoccupied by earlier uses, including Doris picta Schultz, 1836 and Doris picta Kelaart, 1858 which were used for other species. It is difficult to be sure of the identity of Pease's species, but the most likely one is Glossodoris rufomarginata. Pease's mention of and orange border to the foot, orange-tipped rhinophores, and gills edges with carmine, would suggest that species.

  • Pease, W.H. (1860) Descriptions of new species of mollusca from the Sandwich Islands. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 28: 18-36.
  • Bergh, L.S.R. (1881)  Malacologische Untersuchungen. In: C.G. Semper, Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen, Wissenschaftliche Resultate. Band 2, Supplement 2., 79-128, Pls.G, H, J-L.
Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Mar 7) Original illustration of Doris picta Pease 1860. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13278

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