Kaloplocamus ramosus
(Cantraine, 1835)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Triophinae


First described from the Mediterranean. has since been reported from South Africa, West Africa, Japan and eastern Australia.


Coffs Harbour Region, northern New South Wales, December 1990. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Polycerid, growing to about 30mm, with brown or reddish spots all over body and a row of large papillae around the mantle edge. The upper half of the papillae have many retractile unbranched secondary papillae. This species has been found feeding on encrusting bryozoan colonies. The apparent worldwide distribution suggests that this species has been artificially transported around the world in association with fouling bryozoans.

• Cantraine, F.J. (1835). Mollusques - 'diagnoses ou descriptions succinctes de quelques espèces nouvelles de mollusques. Bulletin de l'Académie Royale des Sciences et Belle-lettres de Bruxelles, 2: 380-401
• Valles, Y., Valdes, A. & Ortea, J. (2000) On the phanerobranch dorids of Angola (Mollusca, Nudibranchia): a crossroads of temperate and tropical species. Zoosystema, 22(1): 15-31.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (October 30) Kaloplocamus ramosus (Cantraine, 1835). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/kaloramo

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