Caribbean [Cuba, Puerto Rica, Florida].
Locality: Lake Worth Lagoon, 20 feet, Florida, USA, Atlantic, Tidal, intracoastal. Length: 0.75 inch. Photographer: Linda Ianniello.
The body is transparent or translucent with savttered white spots and patches. The internal viscera gives the body a pinkish-orange colouration. The cerata are similarly coloured with a pinkish orange core and whitish patches all over the ceratal wall. The inflated rounded ceratal tubercles are translucent, without pigmented spots or patches. The rhinophores and rhinophore sheaths are pinkish orange with small white spots all over. The edge of the sheath has an anterior triangular extension and what appears to be a V-shaped notch posteriorly. Has been reported to approx 15 mm in length.
Ortea reports this to feed on the hydroid Thyroscyphus.
Ortea, J. (2001). The genus Doto Oken, 1815 (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) in the Caribbean sea: Natural History and new species description (in Spanish). Avicennia Supplement 3: 1-46.
Rudman, W.B., 2009 (June 3) Doto varaderoensis Ortea, 2001. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/dotovara
Doto varaderoensis from Florida
From: Linda Ianniello, June 3, 2009