White-spotted Dorid

White-Spotted Dorid

Doriopsilla fulva

Physical Description

The white-spotted dorid, scientifically known as Doriopsilla fulva, exhibits a ground color that ranges from white to pale yellow, occasionally appearing dark brown. Its dorsum features low tubercles, each adorned with an apical white dot, while no white dots are present elsewhere on the dorsum. The rhinophores are yellow in color and possess 10-12 lamellae. Branchial plumes, numbering 5, are tripinnate and appear whitish to very pale yellow, spreading horizontally when fully expanded. Labial tentacles are rudimentary. Doriopsilla fulva typically measures around 25mm in length, although specimens may exceed 70mm.

Habitat and Geographical Range

White-spotted Dorids inhabit the eastern Pacific coast.

What They Eat and How They Breed

While specific dietary habits and breeding behaviors of White-spotted Dorids are not extensively documented, they likely feed on various marine organisms found in their habitat and reproduce through typical nudibranch breeding mechanisms.

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