Dendrodoris limbata
(Cuvier, 1804)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dendrodorididae


Endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. [But see notes below of records from the Atlantic coast of France]


UPPER: Croatia, Moscenicka Draga, divesite "Villa Istra", March 04, 1998, 5cm long, 3m depth. Photo: Erwin Koehler.
LOWER: Photo: Conxita Avila.

"Dendrodoris limbata (Cuvier, 1804) is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. It is characterized by having a narrow mantle margin and a yellow (or whitish) line around the mantle edge. Some specimens are spotted and some are completely black, but all of them have the yellow line I mentioned." ... Angel Valdes.

Compare with other two species from the northeastern Atlantic: Dendrodoris grandiflora and Dendrodoris herytra. See Angel Valdes' comparison of the three species.

• See Alex Vanhaelen's message and Angel Valdes's message of this species on the Atlantic coast of France.

• Valdes, A., Ortea, J., Avila, C. & Ballesteros, M. (1996) Review of the genus Dendrodoris Ehrenberg, 1831 (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) in the Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 62: 1-31.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (May 27) Dendrodoris limbata (Cuvier, 1804). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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