Peltodoris fellowsi

Peltodoris fellowsi
Family Discodorididae

Snow white with jet black gills and rhinophores, this slug is fairly common in Hawaii and easy to spot. Its firm body is slightly granular to the touch. Divers find it regularly in or at the entrances of caves at depths of 20 to 50 ft., usually on sponges. It was named for biologist David Fellows, who collected the first scientific specimen. A smaller, less common endemic, Ardeadoris scottjohnsoni, has similar coloration but is soft and smooth to the touch. To about 2 in.

Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Photo: Pupukea, O`ahu. 30 ft.

Photo and Text courtesy of John Hoover

John P. Hoover lives in Honolulu. He has published two books on marine life of the Hawaiian Islands. His third (pictured at left), a field guide to the marine invertebrates of the Hawaii, will be available approximately May 1999. With over 600 photographs, it will cover 500 species, including 66 of Hawaii's most colorful and interesting opisthobranchs.

Hawaii's Fishes, a Guide for Snorkelers, Divers and Aquarists Mutual Publishing, 1993

Hawaii's Underwater Paradise, Mutual Publishing, 1997

Hawaii's Sea Creatures, a guide to Hawaii's Marine Invertebrates. Mutual Publishing, 1999.

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