Valdés & Ortea, 1996
appears to be absent from the Mediterranean Sea, but it is the most widespread species in the Northeastern Atlantic. It lives from the coast of France to Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores.
"Dendrodoris herytra Valdés & Ortea, 1996 appears to be absent from the Mediterranean Sea, but it is the most widespread species in the Northeastern Atlantic. It lives from the coast of France to Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores. It is characterized by having a very small gill, and in general it is a red or reddish species. Some specimens can be greenish with dark spots, but the branchial leaves are always very short."
Juveniles of all Atlantic species of Dendrodoris, except D. limbata are uniformly red. I suspect specimens keep changing colors during their whole life, depending on what they eat. However, it is common to find under the same rock specimens of the same species with very different colorations. .... Angel Valdes.
• Valdes, A., Ortea, J., Avila, C. & Ballesteros, M. (1996) Review of the genus Dendrodoris Ehrenberg, 1831 (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) in the Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Molluscan Studies 62: 1-31.
Valdes, A., 2000 (May 27) Dendrodoris herytra Valdés & Ortea, 1996 . [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/dendhery
July 7, 2006
From: Carlos Afonso
Here are some photos of a specimen of Dendrodoris herytra that was collected between the localities of Albufeira and Armação de Pêra (Algarve, Southern Portugal). This is a completely adult specimen showing its typical vivid deep orange colour.
Locality: Between Albufeira and Armação de Pêra, 21-22 meters, Algarve, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean, 22 June 2006. Length: more then 40mm. Photographer: Carlos M. L. Afonso (Lab. photo).
Carlos M. L. Afonso (Project RENSUB)
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
email@example.comAfonso, C. M. L., 2006 (Jul 7) Dendrodoris herytra from southern Portugal. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/16996