Dorididae - General Discussion

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae

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Rudman, W.B., 2002 (November 13) Dorididae - General Discussion [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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Dorid genera - name changes

November 15, 2002
From: Bill Rudman

In the following publication Angel Valdes and Terry Gosliner have reviewed the caryophyllidia-bearing dorids:

• Valdés, A. & Gosliner, T. M. (2001) Systematics and phylogeny of the caryophyllidia-bearing dorids (Mollusca, Nudibranchia), with the description of a new genus and four new species from Indo-Pacific deep waters. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 133: 103-198.

The phylogenetic relationships of these dorids are studied, based on the examination of the type species of all the genera previously described. Their study supports the view that the caryophyllidia-bearing dorids are a monophyletic group. The following genera of caryophyllidia-bearing dorids are regarded as valid: Atagema J.E. Gray, 1850, Jorunna Bergh, 1876, Platydoris Bergh, 1877, Diaulula Bergh, 1878, Rostanga Bergh, 1879, Baptodoris Bergh, 1884, Gargamella Bergh, 1894, Alloiodoris Bergh, 1904, Sclerodoris Eliot, 1904, Taringa Er. Marcus, 1955, Thorybopus Bouchet, 1977. A new genus Nophodoris is described based on two new species from New Caledonia deep waters. This work has important implications for nomenclature with some familiar generic names such as Trippa and Anisodoris disappearing. I have made the appropriate changes on the Forum. Listed below are the suggested generic synonymies amongst the caryophyllidia-bearing dorids introduced in the publication.

Atagema J.E. Gray, 1850
= Trippa Bergh, 1877
= Phlegmodoris Bergh, 1878
= Petelodoris Bergh, 1881
= Glossodoridiformia O’Donoghue, 1927
Jorunna Bergh, 1876
= Kentrodoris Bergh, 1876
= Audura Bergh, 1878
= Centrodoris P. Fischer, 1883
= Awuka Er. Marcus, 1955
Platydoris Bergh, 1877
= Argus Bohadsch, 1761
Diaulula Bergh, 1878
= Anisodoris Bergh, 1898
Rostanga Bergh, 1879
= Rhabdochila P. Fischer
= Boreodoris Odhner, 1939
Sclerodoris Eliot, 1904
?Gravieria Vayssière, 1912
Taringa Er. Marcus, 1955
= Aporodoris Ihering, 1886

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Nov 15) Dorid genera - name changes. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from