Aphelodoris sp. 2

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Southern Australia


Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. 25mm long alive. October 1978. PHOTO: John Fields.

Although not visible in the photo, this animal has a dull translucent white foot with a pale orange border. According to Burn (1989) who considers each species has a unique geographic range, this is Aphelodoris rossquicki, but it differs considerably from that species in colour pattern. It does however look quite like the animal I am tentatively identifying as Aphelodoris greeni, which is said to be restricted to Northern Tasmania.

•Burn, R. (1966) Notes on opisthobranchs mainly from South Australia. Records of the South Australian Museum, 15: 329-352.
•Burn, R. (1989) Chapter 12. Opisthobranchs: 725-788. In: Marine Invertebrates of South Australia, Part 2. [Eds: S.A.Shepherd., I.M. Thomas]. South Australian Govt. Printing Office: Adelaide.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (April 20) Aphelodoris sp. 2 [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/aphesp2