Discodoris stellifera
(Vayssiere, 1904)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Mediterranean and nearby Atlantic coastline


Locality: Gulf of Trieste, 5 m., Italy, Northern Adriatic, Jan.-Feb-2005. Length: 2 and 4 cm.. Photographer: Tancredi D'Onofrio

According to Cervera et al (1985) Discodoris (= Anisodoris?) stellifera has been confusd with Geitodoris planata in much of the modern literature. Both have star-shaped formations on the back, but can be distinguished by their radular morphology, the outer teeth in Geitodoris planata being smooth and spathulate while in D. stellifera they are finely denticulate. The apecies identified and illustrated by Schmekel & Portmann (1982) as Discodoris planata is almost certatnly D. stellifera.

Note: correct generic position still to be determined

See the following papers for more information.

  • Cervera, J.L., Garcia-Gomez, J.C. & Garcia, F.J. (1985) Redescription of Geitodoris planata (Alder & Hancock, 1846) (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia). J. Moll. Stud., 51: 198-204.
  • Ortea, J.A. (1990) El genero Geitodoris Bergh, 1891 (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) en las Islas Canarias. Rev. Acad. Canar. Cienc., 2: 99-120.
  • Schmekel, L. & Portmann, A (1982) Opisthobranchia des Mittelmeeres, Nudibranchia und Saccoglossa. Fauna e Flora del Golfo Napoli, 40: 1-410. Springer-Verlag: Berlin
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2006 (April 26) Discodoris stellifera (Vayssiere, 1904). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/discstel

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