Discodoris schmeltziana
Bergh, 1880

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Known from western Pacific. Also reported in the Forum from the Red Sea.


Upper: Gonubalabala Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Depth: 12 m. Length: about 40 mm. 21 Jan 2005. Sand slope with patch reef. Photographer: Mary Jane Adams.
Lower: Bergh, 1880: Plate A. figs 15-16.

Somewhat similar in shape to Discodoris boholiensis, the main colour difference are the patches of pale purple or lilac tubercles, usually surrounded by a region of yellowish tubercles.

Originally described from the Society Islands, French Polynesia, it has recently been reported from Japan and the Philippines [http://slugsite.us/bow/nudwk434.htm], and here f rom Papua New Guinea.

Although published as a name in a list in Bergh, 1877, Discodoris schmeltziana was not properly described until 1880.

  • Bergh, L. S. R. (1877) Malacologische Untersuchungen. In C. G. Semper (Ed.) Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen, Zweiter Theil, Wissenschaftliche Resultate, Band 2, Theil 2, Heft 12, (pp. 495 - 546).
  • Bergh, L.S.R. (1880)  Malacologische Untersuchungen. In: C.G. Semper, Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen, Wissenschaftliche Resultate. Band 2, Suppl. 1, 1-78, Pls. A-F.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2005 (March 8) Discodoris schmeltziana Bergh, 1880. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/discschm

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