Doriopsilla miniata
(Alder & Hancock, 1864)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dendrodorididae


Tropical and subtropical Indo-West Pacific.


UPPER RIGHT: North Coast New South Wales, November 1987, 21mm long.
LOWER LEFT: Woolgoolga area, Northern NSW, November 1982 (AMC136137)
LOWER RIGHT: Coffs Harbour region, New South Wales, December 1990, 27mm long.
PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Ranges in colour from translucent white to deep orange. Usually has a distinctive reticulate pattern of white lines but sometimes only traces of this pattern are present, and in rare cases no white is present.
Compare with Dendrodoris citrina, Doriopsilla carneola and Doriopsilla aurea. See discussion below discussing differences in egg morphology between D. miniata and the very similar Atlantic species, Doriopsilla areolata.

• Alder, J. & Hancock, A. (1864) Notice of a collection of Nudibranchiate Mollusca made in India by Walter Elliot, Esq., with descriptions of several new genera and species. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 5: 113-147.
• Rose, R. A. (1985} The spawn and development of twenty-nine New South Wales opisthobranchs (Mollusca: Gastropoda). Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 108(1): 23-36.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (March 14) Doriopsilla miniata (Alder & Hancock, 1864). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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