Durvilledoris pusilla

Photo courtesy of Webmaster

Durvilledoris pusilla (Bergh, 1874)

Durvilledoris pusilla is one of the prettiest little chromodorids known from the Indo-Pacific. It is one of a strikingly similar color group recently reviewed on Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum. What Bill refers to as the Noumea purpurea colour group, includes ten species belonging to the genera Chromodoris, Noumea, Pectenodoris, Hypselodoris and Durvilledoris. All species are pink or purple with a whitish border and whitish longitudinal lines on the body. Bill points out that while the species may look closely related, their internal anatomy show them to be quite distinct and of different genera.

The body of D. pusillais quite Hypselodoris in shape, elongate and tall. The mantle color is pale pink with a broad cream-white or yellowish marginal band. Specimens from the Marshall Islands are reported by Scott Johnson to range from peachy pink to deep orange red. This marginal band is interrupted at the head and behind the gills, and then twice more down each side, by an indentation, leaving this band very thin at the mantle's edge. There is an elongate white patch between the rhinophores and an oval white patch anterior to the gills. The rhinophores and gills are cream with hints of the mantle's pink-orange color.

The species is reported to occur in New South Wales, Australia; Batangas Region, Philippine Islands, the Marshall Islands, and Okinawa. Mike's specimen here was about 25 mm in length and photographed at a depth of about 40 feet, at Sepok Wall, Batangas, Luzon, Philippines.

Taxonomic information courtesy of Dave Behrens

David W. Behrens

Dave and Diana, of Sea Challengers Natural History Books, would like to wish all their Slug Site viewing buddies a warm and wonderful Holiday Season. They invite you to visit their on-line bookstore where they are offering a Christmas Special on four of the most beautiful underwater art books available today. This is a great opportunity to grab that last minute gift for your dive partner or slug buddy.

Holiday Specials - 10% off Regular Prices - Order 2 or more of these books - 20% off Regular prices:

Coral Seas by Roger Steene
Item #111S - Regularly $55.00
Secret Seas by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock
Item #232JS - Regularly $39.95
Blue Wilderness by Ron & Valerie Taylor
Item #99T - Regularly $39.95
The Coral Reefs of Papua New Guinea by Dinah & Bob Halstead and Sergio Sarta
Item #234HH - Regularly $55.00

Author: Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
Co-Author Coral Reef Animals of the Indo Pacific
Propriator of Sea Challengers Natural History Books !

Send Dave mail at seachalleng@earthlink.net

© The Slug Site, Michael D. Miller , 1999. All Rights Reserved.