Carminodoris armata from Japan

March 15, 2003
From: Tomohiko Kurihara

Dear Bill,
I saw your message about Carminodoris armata? from South Korea. So here is some information about C.armata from Japan.

C.armata is common species at Osezaki, Izu-peninsula, Japan. It was seen in spring to early summer. It is mostly active only at night.

Photos: Upper: Length 120mm; Depth 15m; at night, diving; April 2002. Lower Left: Late spring is mating season. I saw this couple and some egg-masses while night diving in May 2002. Lower Right: Juvenile, Length 15mm; Depth 12m; at night, diving; July 2002.

Best wishes,
Tomohiko Kurihara

Dear Tomohiko,
Sorry it has taken a while to post these interesting photos. It is good to clarify the identity of this common Japanese animal. It is strange that Baba did not name this animal until 1993.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Mar 15). Comment on Carminodoris armata from Japan by Tomohiko Kurihara. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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