Photo of Dr.'s Terry Gosliner and Shireen Fahey at the California Academy of Sciences
in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, when Shireen was a post-doc (circa 2003).
Carminodoris grandiflora (Pease, 1860)
Dr. Terry Gosliner has lent some assistance today identifying this large dorid as a member of the family discodorididae, Carminodoris grandiflora. The specimen shown here is fairly plain compared to the average specimen which is quite mottled with brown on the notum. Like other members of the genus, it has large rounded dorsal tubercles. Characteristic on these tubercles are white spots and marks. This species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific and feeds on sponges.
Fahey, S. J. & Gosliner, T. M. 2003. Mistaken identities: On the Discodorididae genera Hoplodoris Bergh, 1880 and Carminodoris Bergh, 1889 (Opisthobranchia, Nudibranchia). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 54(10):169-208.
Nudibranch of the Week Oct. 2003
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