Hoplodoris armata
(Baba, 1993)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Knnown from Japan and South Korea


Osezaki, Izu Peninsula, Suruga Bay, Japan. Upper: 6m. 11 May 2002, approx 100mm long. Lower: 24m. 18 May 2002, approx 80mm long. Photos:
Nishina Masayoshi & Jun Imamoto

Large ovate dorid with broad mantle skirt. The mantle is covered with rounded tubercles of varying sizes. The tubercles have a rather characteristic shape with a rounded terminal knob, then a narrower waist and then a basal stalk which itself widens to about twice the width of the 'waist' at its base. The background colour of the mantle is a translucent watery brown with scattered dark brown patches. I some animals the patches coalesce so that much of the background is a dark reddish brown. The tubercles usually have a dark purplish knob, while the basal stalk is a translucent watery brown, often with an opaque white ring around the base. Species of Carminodoris are characterised by the possession of jaws, denticulate outer radular teeth, a large prostate gland, and an armed penis. C. armata lacks the denticulate radular teeth but its name armata refers to its penis which is armed with many hooks. See Carminodoris bifurcata.

See generic review of Hoplodoris synonymising Carminodoris with Hoplodoris. Changed on Forum - 24 Oct 2003

• Baba, K. (1993): Two new species of Carminodoris (Nudibranchia: Dorididae) from Japan. Venus, The Japanese Journal of Malacology, 52(3): 223-234. (Figs 1-10, Pl.1.)
• Fahey, S. J. & Gosliner, T. M. (2003) Mistaken identities: On the Discodorididae genera Hoplodoris Bergh, 1880 and Carminodoris Bergh, 1889 (Opisthobranchia, Nudibranchia). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 54(10): 169-208.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (March 10) Hoplodoris armata (Baba, 1993). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/carmarma

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