Doris bertheloti
(d'Orbigny, 1839)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Mediterranean and East Atlantic, including the Canary Islands.


Dakar, Senegal, Eastern Atlantic, Depth: 4m., 30-35mm long. June 02, 2003. Photo: Marina Poddubetskaia

The mantle is firm and leathery and completely covered by different sized tubercles. The biggest ones are arranged along the notal ridge. The rhinophores bear about 30 leaflets. There are 5-6 tripinnate gills. The oral tentacles are triangular and conspicuous. The general body colour is uniform grey, with whitish blotches along the notal edge and dark areas on the longitudinal ridge down the midline. Known to grow to at least 38mm in length.

Found under stones, in shallow waters.

• Cattaneo-Vietti, R. Chemello, R. & Giannuzzi-Savelli, R. (eds) (1990). Atlas of Meditteranean Nudibranchs. Editrice La Conchiglia, Roma. 264 pp.
• d'Orbigny, A. (1839). Mollusques, échinodermes, foraminifères et polypiers recueillis aux iles Canaries par MM. Webb et Berthelot. Partie 2, Mollusques. pp. 1-117
• Ortea, J. & Bacallado, J. (1981). Les Dorididae (Gastropoda) décrits des Canaries par Alcide d’Orbigny. Bull. Mus. natn. Hist. nat., Paris, 4(3): 767-776

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (September 14) Doris bertheloti (d'Orbigny, 1839). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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Doris bertheloti from Senegal

September 16, 2003
From: Marina Poddubetskaia

Dear Bill,
Here is another dorid from Dakar. It was found during night dive. Lucas Cervera has confirmed that it is Doris bertheloti (d'Orbigny, 1839).

Date: June 02, 2003
Location: Dakar, Senegal, Eastern Atlantic
Site: Terou baye Sogui
Depth: 4m
Size: 30-35mm
Photos: Marina Poddubetskaia - Nembro website

Best wishes,

Poddubetskaia, M., 2003 (Sep 16) Doris bertheloti from Senegal. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Marina,
Bill Rudman