Platydoris sabulosa
Dorgan, Valdes & Gosliner, 2002

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Known only from the Philippines and southeast Queensland


Old Woman Island near Mooloolaba, 14 m, under a rock. Sunshine Coast, Australia, 140 mm long. 2 June 2007. Photo: Gary Cobb.

The body shape is typical for the genus with a wide mantle skirt and relatively narrow body, The mantle skirt is firm and leathery to touch. The edge of the gill pocket is raised and lobed, and the rhinophore pockets are slightly raised. The mantle has a translucent white background colour but it is mainly obscured by many light greyish brown patches and a few darker reddish brown patches, especially around the edge. The gills and rhinophres also have mottled brown markings. The underside of the mantle is translucent white with an inner ring of brown patches which can merge into one another. The sides of the body/foot have a few small brown patches. Only two specimens have been reported, the holotype which was 123 mm long preserved, and the specimen illustrated here which was 140 mm long alive.

  • Dorgan, K.M., Valdes, A. & Gosliner, T.M. (2002) Phylogenetic systematics of the genus Platydoris (Mollusca, Nudibranchia, Dorididea) with descriptions of six new species. Zoologica Scripta, 31(3): 271-319.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2007 (June 14) Platydoris sabulosa Dorgan, Valdes & Gosliner, 2002. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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