Dendrodoris guttata from Korea

November 6, 2007
From: Dong Bum Koh

Dear Bill,

As a result of Global Warming, sometimes we can find unexpected seaslugs in our fauna.
May I introduce Dendrodoris guttata from Korea.

Locality: Hwa Soon, -5m, JeJu island, Pacific, 02. July 2007, -. Length: Approx. 40mm. Photographer: Jin Soo Kim.

Best regards,
Dong Bum Koh

D. B. Koh, 2007 (Nov 6) Dendrodoris guttata from Korea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Koh,

Thanks for this new record from Korea. I don't think we need to use Global Warming as a reason for its appearance. Form your work on the Korean fauna we can say that it is a mixture of tropical Indo-West Pacific, local NW Pacific endemics, and some northern Pacific species. Dendrodoris guttata is probably one of the Indo-West Pacific species which is sometimes present and sometimes not. Many opisthobranchs are like that - they have no permanent presence at a particular place but we can expect them to appear every few years.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Nov 6). Comment on Dendrodoris guttata from Korea by Dong Bum Koh. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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