Doris sticta Iredale & O'Donoghue

Doris sticta

Description: This nudibranch is pale yellow in colour. There is a network of paler channels connecting the mantle tubercles, the tips of the tubercles may be dark brown to pale purple in colour. The largest specimen recorded was 45mm in length.

Habitat: Although it is thought that Doris sticta is a sponge eating dorid, its dietary preference is uncertain. It was observed feeding on the sponge Ciocalypta penicillus in Sark, Channel Isles, June 2010.

Distribution: This southern species has been found occasionally on the west coast of Ireland, at Skomer Island, South Wales, Lundy and along the coasts of the English Channel and south to the Mediterranean.

Similar Species: A distinctive species quite unlike any other in the British Isles.

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). Doris sticta Iredale & O'Donoghue. [In] Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland. Accessed on 2024-07-20

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