Hoplodoris? from Egyptian Red Sea

January 31, 2003
From: Jason Bell

Dear Bill,
My wife found these 2 nudis on Nov 25th in Dahab, Eygpt. It was found at 13m on the same rock on two consecutive nights.

The 1st photo I believe is male and 2nd is the female on its way to lay the egg ribbon which is in the 3rd photo. Unfortunately, I did not see the nudi lay the eggs.


Dear Jason,
I am pretty sure this is a species of Hoplodoris but I will see if anyone else can suggest a species name for it. Concerning eggs and mating. All sea slugs are hermaphrodite and usually act as males and females simultaneously when mating. It is also very unsafe to assume they are the parents of the egg mass unless you catch them in the act of egg-laying. Nudibranchs don't usually 'brood' or protect their eggs, so proximity to an egg mass is not safe evidence of 'ownership'.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Jan 31). Comment on Hoplodoris? from Egyptian Red Sea by Jason Bell. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8836

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