Doto kya from central California

August 31, 2006
From: Jeff Goddard

Hi Bill,

Here is an image of Doto kya (in Magnesium chloride). In contrast to the sympatric D. columbiana, the pigment on the body of D. kya is darker and does not occur on the foot. Compared to my earlier images, this one should better represent this species on its factsheet.

Locality: Scott Creek, Santa Cruz County, Intertidal, California, USA, Pacific, 12 June 2006, Rocky shore. Length: 4 mm. Photographer: Jeff Goddard.

Best wishes,

Goddard, J.H.R., 2006 (Aug 31) Doto kya from central California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Hi Jeff,
Thanks for a perfect example of this species.  We might add that some specimens of Doto columbiana have a thin dark line circling each tubercle on the cerata.

Best wishes,
Dave Behrens

Behrens, D.W., 2006 (Aug 31). Comment on Doto kya from central California by Jeff Goddard. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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