Found throughout New Zealand, Tasmania and Victoria, from intertidal to about 20m.
Devonport, Northern Tasmania, November 1985. Photo: Bill Rudman
The largest dorid (up to 200 mm) found in New Zealand waters. The body is stiff and fleshy, and covered with large, rounded to flattened pustules. Colour dark khaki brown to yellowish above, foot and rhinophores bright orange.
The egg mass is a flaccid orange spiral, 6-8 cm in diameter.
Abraham, P.S. (1877). Revision of the Anthobranchiate nudibranchiate mollusca, with descriptions or notices of forty-one hitherto undescribed species. Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1877: 196-269.
Willan, R. & Morton, J. (1984). Marine Molluscs. Part 2 Opisthobranchia. Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Rudman, W.B., 1998 (April 24) Archidoris wellingtonensis (Abraham, 1877). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/archwell
Re: Archidoris wellingtonensis from Victoria, Australia
From: Lizzie Scott, September 30, 2009
Archidoris wellingtonensis from Dunedin, NZ
From: Megan Bosch, August 4, 2007
Archidoris wellingtonensis from Tauranga, N.Z.
From: Paul Furneaux, June 4, 2003
Archidoris wellingtonensis from Victoria, Australia
From: Joan Hales, August 11, 2002
Re: Archidoris wellingtonensis
From: Ross Armstrong, February 18, 1999
Archidoris wellingtonensis from New Zealand
From: Ross Armstrong, February 17, 1999
Re: Archidoris from southern Tasmania
From: Karen Parsons, April 25, 1998
Archidoris from southern Tasmania
From: Karen Parsons, April 24, 1998