described from New South Wales, eastern Australia, but probably widely distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific.
Two-fold Bay, New South Wales, March 1986. Inset showing magnified view of mantle edge to show closely packed spiculate papillae called "caryophyllidia'. Grows to about 25 mm. PHOTO: Bill Rudman.
This species probably includes a number of colour forms from translucent straw colour to deep brown. In all cases the darker patches are present. A purple species of Jorunna which is also common in New South Wales, is almost certainly a separate species.
• Angas, G.F. (1864). Description d'espèces nouvelles appartenant à plusieurs genres de Mollusques Nudibranches des environs de Port-Jackson (Nouvelles-Galles du Sud), accompagnée de dessins faits d'après nature. Journal de Conchyliologie, 12: 43-70.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (January 6) Jorunna pantherina (Angas, 1864). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/jorupant
Jorunna pantherina from Sydney
From: Michael Clarke, April 11, 2007
Jorunna pantherina? from Sagami Bay, Japan.
From: Jun Imamoto, May 29, 2002
Jorunna from Port Stephens
From: Ron Greer, May 29, 2000
Jorunna pantherina from Queensland
From: Wayne Ellis, January 6, 1999