Tropical Indo-West Pacific
Anilao, Luzon Island, Philippines, April, 2002. Photo: Jeff Rosenfeld.
First recorded from East Africa (Eliot, 1904), different colour forms have been considered different species. This species has many colour forms from bright red to dull brown. Two consistent characters linking all the colour forms are the pectinate marginal radular teeth, enlarged prostate and an excavation or 'pit' in the dorsal midline, which mimics a sponge oscule.
The red form used to be considered a distinct species, Sclerodoris rubra.
Rudman, W.B. (1978) The dorid opisthobranch genera Halgerda and Sclerodoris from the Indo-West Pacific. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 62: 59-88.
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (May 20) Sclerodoris tuberculata Eliot, 1904. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/scletube
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From: Bill Rudman, May 10, 2007
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Sclerodoris tuberculata from Philippines
From: Jeff Rosenfeld, May 22, 2002