Dermatobranchus ornatus & possible prey

September 5, 2000
From: Nerida Wilson

In response to an earlier question about the prey items of Dermatobranchus ornatus, I thought I would send in this picture, taken in the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, on 8 August 2000. The dive was during the day, on a beautiful sponge and sea-whip garden, at around 12m. We came upon this nudibranch struggling in earnest to grip onto the coral. Although no conclusive feeding could be seen, the observation may be of some interest.

Nerida Wilson

Wilson, N., 2000 (Sep 5) Dermatobranchus ornatus & possible prey. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Nerida,
A gorgonian soft-coral is certainly an interesting possibility. Your animal also shows the raised orange-rimmed craters I described in an earlier message.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Sep 5). Comment on Dermatobranchus ornatus & possible prey by Nerida Wilson. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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