Glossodoris stellatus from Bunaken

May 4, 2002
From: Mirta Moraitis

Hallo Bill,
I am a student in marine biology. I've decided to have been studying nudibranch feeding on sponges in NE Sulawesi. One week ago [April 2002] I was at Manado in Bunaken National Park, NE Sulawesi, Indonesia and I've found this strange nudibranch at 20 meters of depth, on a green flat sponge. I've tryed to identify him in many books and according to them it's name is Glossodoris stellatus. I've decided to send you some photos because I didn't find it on the Sea Slug Forum. Can you help me on classifying it please?

Moraitis, M., 2002 (May 4) Glossodoris stellatus from Bunaken. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Mirta,
I remember your nice photos of Diaphorodoris papillata from Croatia. Quite a different fauna from Sulawesi. Your animal is Glossodoris stellatus. Sorry you couldn't find it on the Forum. There are still many species to add. You'll be pleased to know that your message has spurred me into adding a page for this species.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

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