Doris cameroni? from Sydney

August 15, 2000
From: Akos Lumnitzer

Dear Bill,

Here is another dorid I am having difficulty identifying.

I found it with sand all over it on cup sponge at Oak Park, Cronulla, {Sydney, New South Wales] during a night dive in May this year, in ten meters of water.

Any ideas?

Best wishes

Akos Lumnitzer

Lumnitzer, A., 2000 (Aug 15) Doris cameroni? from Sydney. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Akos,
I am afraid these nondescript brownish dorids from Australia are very difficult to identify from photographs, even when they have names. I am not sure if the black specks I can see in your photo are on tubercles, or are part of the sediment sitting on the slug's back. If they are on tubercles my best guess is that this is Doris cameroni.

As a first stage in properly identifying these dorids, I would need to know more about the shape of the gills and rhinophores, and the colour and shape of the foot and the head region. If in doubt I would then need to look at their anatomy. Unfortunately many of the descriptions of 'flat' brownish dorids from Australia are inadequate for easy identification, so in many ways the named species are more difficult to identify than the unnamed ones.

Even if I have guessed wrong with this dorid, it is an opportunity to post some information on Doris cameroni, one species which is identifiable.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Aug 15). Comment on Doris cameroni? from Sydney by Akos Lumnitzer. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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