Nudibranchs - Sunshine Coast etc. / 6307a
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15/04/04
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0454a

Dendrodoris fumata (Rüppell & Leuckart, 1830)
Location: Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia
Size: 9-20 mm
Depth: Intertidal found under rock
Temperature: 26 C
ORDER: NUDIBRANCHIA
FAMILY: Dendrodorididae
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Photograph by Gary Cobb, Terry Farr - Copyright 2003-2017

Below: 50 mm animal - black colour-form -found Mooloolah River La Balsa Park night dive 11-01-2017



Below: 20 mm animal found intertidally at Kings Beach boat ramp east side


This dendrodoris has four colour forms – orange-red (which this one is), yellow, grey and black.
D. fumata is so variable that all these four points of difference you have picked up (white mantle margin, no markings or specks or blotches on mantle,
gill stalks and bases are white and found in deep water) (see below, 32mm found in 18m of water at Coles Hole off Mooloolaba) can be attributed to as intraspecific variation.
Richard Willan





















10 mm speciman found at Kings Beach intertidal area




Alexandra Headland Sunshine Coast Australia