Doto from Florida

July 8, 2008
From: Geoffrey Smith Jr.

Dear Bill

Here is another nudibranch I have found on several occasions. This nudibranch is an inch or less in length, and is a grayish color. I have found it in association with hydroid colonies growing in 2-12 feet of water.

Locality: New Pass in Sarasota, 2-12 feet, Florida, United States, Gulf of Mexico, several times in the Spring and Summer of 2007 and 2008, associated with hydroid colonies in rocky areas. Length: an inch or less (1 mm increments on scale bar in pics). Photographer: Geoffrey Smith.

Any ideas on this one? Thanks again for any info.

Smith, G.H., 2008 (Jul 8) Doto from Florida. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Geoff,

This is a species of Doto but I am afraid the species from the Caribbean would seem to be in need of further study as some species have been described on the basis of very few animals and so we have little idea of varaibility within each species. I am tentatively identifying this as Doto uva but as I say on the Fact Sheet for that species, it was not very well described, so I am not sure if we can really determine what Ernst Marcus had in front of him.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2008 (Jul 8). Comment on Doto from Florida by Geoffrey Smith Jr.. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Doto uva

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