Kalinga ornata
Alder & Hancock, 1864

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Kalinginae


Indo-West Pacific.


Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, March 1998, approx 65mm long. PHOTO: Mary Jane Adams. See message below.

This very large nudibranch apparently lives somewhere off shore as most records of it are from animals washed up like this on beaches. It grows to at least 130mm in length. It is related to animals like Plocamopherus imperialis but we know little about its biology.

It has been found throughout the Indo-West Pacific from South Africa to China and Japan. We know nothing about its natural history.

• 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. Trans. Zool. Soc. London, 5: 113-147

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (November 17) Kalinga ornata Alder & Hancock, 1864. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/kaliorna

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