Kay & Young, 1969
Tropical Western Pacific. Indian Ocean?
Koumac, New Caledonia, October 1993, 23mm long alive. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.
First described from Hawaii and well-known in eastern Australia, these are the first records from New Caledonia. The most characteristic feature is the transverse `crown-like' band of tubercles, (for which it is named), just in front of the gills. This animal has a remarkable resemblance to a small living cowry snail (Cypraeidae).
• Kay, E.A. & Young, D.K. (1969). The Doridacea (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Science, 23: 172-231.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (April 18) Dendrodoris coronata Kay & Young, 1969. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/dendcoro
July 20, 2005
From: Gary Cobb
I thought you and the readers might be interested in a find we made on the weekend at Old Woman Island Queensland Australia, North Reef. When I turned over the small coral encrusted rock I spotted what appeared to be a cowrie. After looking around the surface, two rhinophores popped up! I noticed the band of tubercles in front of the gills. This is Dendrodoris coronata. I see there is not much written about this beautiful animal.
Locality: Old Woman Island - North Reef, Queensland, Australia. Depth: 7 m. Length: 35 mm. 16 July 2005. subtidal. Photographer: Gary Cobb
Is this a new record for this area?
Cobb, Gary, 2005 (Jul 20) Dendrodoris coronata in Southern Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/14284
It's always nice to get a record of this species. I say on the Fact Sheet that I think it resembles a cowry so its nice to see someone else sees the resemblance. Without checking all my records I can't say whether it has been recorded from your neck of the woods, but I have found it in New South Wales and the Great Barrier Reef.
April 18, 1999
From: Rie Nakano
Dear Dr.Bill Rudman
Thank you for your kind offer. I'm so happy!
Mr Atsushi Ono will be happy if you post the photos on your site. If you post the photos, please add Mr Atsushi Ono's name.
When the book is published, he will present it for you.
Well, I'd like to hear your suggestion the following image by Mr Atsushi Ono from Kerama Island, near Okinawa.
Mr.Ono thinks it is Dendrodoris sp. but Mr.Cory Pittman said this should be Doriopsilla coronata.
firstname.lastname@example.orgNakano, R., 1999 (Apr 18) Dendrodoris coronata from Kerama Islands. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/780
It is Dendrodoris coronata Kay & Young, 1969. This species has a remarkable resemblance to a living cowry.