Doris ocelligera
(Bergh, 1881)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Numana, 12.5 metres, Italy, Adriatic Sea, 20 May 2006, on shipwreck. Length: 25 mm. Photographer: Cristian Magnani.

The body is a translucent brownish colour with relatively large rounded tubercles of a lighter colour than the background colour of the mantle and with a darker spot at the tip, giving the tubercles the look of a tube or siphon. The rhinophores are white, and the rhinophore sheath consists mainly of a pair of tubercles sitting opposite one another. The gills, about 9 in number, are simple and unipinnate. This species seems to be rarely reported. This is a relatively small species, the 25 mm specimen illustrated here being larger than any other record I can find. 

  • Schmekel, L. & Portmann, A. (1982) Opisthobranchia des Mittelmeeres, Nudibranchia und Saccoglossa. Fauna Flora Golfo Napoli 40: 1-410.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2006 (September 7) Doris ocelligera (Bergh, 1881). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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