Shell from Australian Museum collection (acquired in late 19th century) Either from Mauritius or Reunion, AM C43526. 72mm longest diameter Photo: Alison Miller.
There is no clear information on how the animal of D. gigas differs externallly from that of D. auricularia. Some reports suggest the body is covered with flattened warts without papillae (while other reports say this species has papillae and D. auricularia does not. The shell, with its saucer-shaped extension is immediately recognisable. Anatomically, the penis is armed with small spines which differs from the unarmed penis of D. auricularia.
• Eales,NB (1946) The anatomy of Dolabella gigas. Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London 27(3): 109-118.
•Rang, S (1828) Histoire naturelle des Aplysiens, premiere famille de l'ordre des Tectibranches. In: Histoire naturelle Generale et particuliere des Mollusques. (Ed: Ferussac, D.) Firmin Didot, Paris, 84pp. Pls. 1-24.
• Bebbington,A (1974) Aplysiid species from East Africa with notes on the Indian Ocean Aplysiomorpha (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 54: 63-99.
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (September 13) Dolabella gigas (Rang, 1828). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/dolagiga