Platydoris striata
(Kelaart, 1858)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dorididae


Indo-West Pacific


Hurghada, Red Sea, July 2000. Photo: Roland Wantens.

This species, with P. scabra, P. formosa and P. cruenta form a group of very similar species, two of which have brown spots and two have brown lines. In each pair, one species has red spots and the other does not. The brown spotted pair are P. scabra (without) and P. formosa (with red patches) while the lined pair are P. striata (without) and P. cruenta (with red patches).

Note added 29 Aug 2007: Dorgan et al (2002) consider P. striata to be a synonym of P. cruenta. See my comment in message #20542.

  • 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.
  •  Kelaart, E.F. (1858). Description of new and little known species of Ceylon nudibranchiate molluscs and zoophytes. Journ. Roy. Asiatic Soc. Ceylon Branch, Colombo, 3: 8-139, with 2 unnumbered plates
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (October 3) Platydoris striata (Kelaart, 1858). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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