March 15, 2000
From: David Freemantle
Just inquiring about the differences between Dendrodoris aurea & D. carneola, as they are too similar for me to distinguish between them (as seen in Sea Slugs of WA). Please find attached 3 images, taken at 3 different locations (2 from Cockburn Sound, Western Australia & the bottom left from Rye, Victoria). I assume they are all "D. carneola" (as it is probably more common), or are they?.
Thanks for your help
Freemantle, D., 2000 (Mar 15) Dendrodoris aurea and D. carneola. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2041
I am pretty sure your animals are Dendrodoris carneola which ranges in colour from deep reddish-brown to translucent white, although it is usually either orange or red. There are often, but not always, scattered white specks on the mantle.
Dendrodoris aurea is usually a bright yellow colour, but also ranges from dark red to translucent white. It differs in having low rounded pustules over the mantle and no white specks. It is very similar externally to Neodoris chrysoderma but in that species the pustules are usually a lighter colour and the head is typical for the Eudoridoidea rather than the very reduced head typical of a dendrodorid.
I have added pages on both species for you to compare.
Doriopsilla carneola from Sth Australia
From: David S. Muirhead, January 10, 2007
Doriopsilla carneola? from Port Phillip Bay, Australia
From: Martina Fuchsberger, April 15, 2006
Doriopsilla carneola from Port Phillip Bay, Australia
From: Bill van Eyk, March 30, 2006
Doriopsilla carneola with eggs, Tasmania
From: Robin Thomson, March 24, 2006
Colour variation in Dendrodoris carneola
From: Stuart Hutchison, August 20, 2000
From: Bill Rudman, March 15, 2000