Doto eireana Lemche, 1976

Doto eireana

Description: This nudibranch is translucent white in colour with maroon-red spots on the tips of the ceratal tubercles and maroon pigment spots on the body. The cerata are bulbous, with few rows of blunt tubercles, becoming widest just below the tip.

Habitat: Doto eireana is found exclusively on the hydroid Amphisbetia operculata which is found in places with strong water movement, usually in the infralittoral zone. Amphisbetia frequently grows on stipes of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea and on steep rockfaces exposed to wave action. The spawn is a white ribbon laid in concertina fashion.

Distribution: Records of this species are few, mainly because of its recent separation from Doto coronata but it has been reliably reported from the west coast of Ireland and south-west England.

Key Identification Features:

Distribution Map: NBN map : National Biodiversity Network mapping facility, data for UK.

WoRMS: Species record : World Register of Marine Species.

iNaturalist: Species account : iNaturalist World Species Observations database

 Picton, B.E. & Morrow, C.C. (2016). Doto eireana Lemche, 1976. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-05-30

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