May 15, 2006
From: Ian Skipworth
On a recent trip to Fiordland I found Doto sp. 10 in Preservation Inlet and Dusky Sound. I have previously seen them only at the Poor Knights and was a little surprised to find them in Fiordland.
The hydroid(?) on which they feed is a distinctive yellow colour. Their yellow egg masses are often more prominent than the nudibranchs themselves and make these small slugs a little easier to locate.
Locality: Cording Islands, Preservation Inlet, 12m, Fiordland, New Zealand, Tasman Sea, 4 May 2006, Rocky reef. Length: 8mm. Photographer: Ian Skipworth.
Thanks very much for your replies to my previous messages.
Skipworth, I.R., 2006 (May 15) Doto sp. 10 from Fiordland, New Zealand. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16604
Thanks or these photos from a spectacular part of New Zealand - but not well-known for its opisthobranchs. I agree with your surprise at finding this species at the opposite end of NZ from your previous records which would suggest it is a widespread New Zealand species. It would be interesting to know about its anatomy.