Paradoris? from South Africa

November 24, 2006
From: Colin Ogden

Hi Bill,
Good to have you back. During October we celebrated Marine week here at Sodwana Bay and on one of the days we had a "Nudibranch Day" to see how many different species we could find and hopefully find some we had never recorded here before. We found 2 new species which I could not identify. Here is one of them.

Locality: Sodwana Bay, 30 metres, South Africa, Indian, October 2006, Reef. Length: 60mm. Photographer: Colin Ogden.

Please could you help. It is quite distinctive, but I cant even decide which family it is.

Ogden C. M., 2006 (Nov 24) Paradoris? from South Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Colin,
It certainly has a distinctive colour pattern, but I don't recognise it. It is possibly a species of Paradoris, a genus comprehensively reviewed very recently (Dayrat, 2006), but it is not one of the species recognised in that work.

  • Dayrat, B. (2006) A taxonomic revision of Paradoris sea slugs (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchia, Doridina). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 147: 125-238.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Nov 24). Comment on Paradoris? from South Africa by Colin Ogden. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Paradoris sp. 1

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