Limacia ornata
(Baba, 1937)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Triophinae


Japan, Australia (east and west coasts)


Osezaki Suruga Bay, Japan, 2 Jan 2003. Size approx: 5mm, Depth: 2m. Lower photo showing spiculate nature of stalked spherical tubercles. Photos: Jun Imamoto

Small translucent animal covered in bright orange spots. Around the edge of the body are a ring of spherical stalked tubercles. Both the body and the tubercles are heavily spiculate. The tips of the lamellate rhinophores are also orange and the edge of the gills are spotted with orange. Originally described from Japan, it is also found on both the east and west coast of Australia. It feeds on encrsuting bryozoans.

See photo of radula

• Baba, K. (1937) Opisthobranchia of Japan (II). J. Dept. Agric. Kyusyu Imp. Univ. 5(7): 289-344. (Pls.1-2)

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (January 13) Limacia ornata (Baba, 1937). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Related messages

  1. Limacia ornata from Japan
    From: Jun Imamoto, January 17, 2003
  2. Radula of Limacia ornata
    From: Bill Rudman, January 17, 2003
  3. Limacia ornata from Sydney, Australia
    From: Bill Rudman, January 17, 2003

Show factsheet and all related messages