Discodoris boholensis Bergh, 1877
Discodoris boholensis is one of my favorite tropical dorid nudibranchs. I'm not really sure why, but it must have something to do with the fact that it so photogenic, as seen here. Originally described from the island of Bohol, in the Philippines, it is recognizable by its brown color with black and white spots and lines on the body. The notum is relatively flat with undulating margins and a prominent central hump. The white specks on the rhinophores and white lines along each branch of the gills make this species a particularly nice photo subject.
Details regarding the egg mass of D. boholensis can be seen in a pic taken on a May field trip to the Philippines. Discodoris boholensis is a sponge grazer, but is often seen crawling about in the open.
It has a wide distribution, from South Africa (Tanzania and
Madagascar) to Australia; Fiji; New Guinea; Indonesia; Philippines and
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Taxonomic information courtesy of Dave Behrens
Photograph courtesy of Dr. Marc Chamberlain
David W. Behrens
Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
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