Doriopsilla albopunctata from California

August 8, 2001
From: Bruce Wight

Hi Doc,
It has been a while since we chatted. My wife and I just got back from an incredible trip to San Miguel Island which is the northern most of our Channel Islands off the California coast. It was a serious branch lovers experience. The water seemed warm for up there, it was in the high 50s. On the boat with my wife and I were Alan Grant, Mike Miller, and Marc Chamberlain all very active and knowledgeable branchers. Attached are two photos of Dendrodoris fulva.

UPPER: This photo is from an earlier trip -June 25, 2000 on Farnsworth Banks off Catalina Island in about 90 feet of water. I wanted to include it to show the variation in color this animal has.
LOWER: was taken on the San Miguel Island trip.


Wight, B., 2001 (Aug 8) Doriopsilla albopunctata from California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Bruce,
Thanks for these photos and the others you sent which I will post separately. By chance I have also received a photo of this animal from Ken Tucker and on checking up it appears that D. fulva has been replaced by an earlier name D. albopunctata. I have just prepared a page on that species with a discussion about the names and similar looking species.
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Aug 8). Comment on Doriopsilla albopunctata from California by Bruce Wight. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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