Dendrodoris coronata
Kay & Young, 1969

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dendrodorididae


Tropical Western Pacific. Indian Ocean?


Koumac, New Caledonia, October 1993, 23mm long alive. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

First described from Hawaii and well-known in eastern Australia, these are the first records from New Caledonia. The most characteristic feature is the transverse `crown-like' band of tubercles, (for which it is named), just in front of the gills. This animal has a remarkable resemblance to a small living cowry snail (Cypraeidae).

• Kay, E.A. & Young, D.K. (1969). The Doridacea (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Science, 23: 172-231.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (April 18) Dendrodoris coronata Kay & Young, 1969. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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