Dendrodoris nigra   (Stimpson,  1855) (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

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Size: Max length 8.0 cm TL (male)

Color: It is often black. Have clusters of white spots on the mantle. The rhinophoral tip is white. The white spots are prominent on the center and number decreases or nil in the edges. Black, sometimes with cream or white spots, the rhinophores with an elongated white knob at the tip.

Gills form a compact circle around the anus at the extreme posterior end of the dorsum. The edge of the mantle is frilly, the rest of the body very soft and slimy.

Similar species: Dendrodoris fumata, Dendrodoris communis

Synonym (s)
Doris nigra Stimpson, 1855
(Senior synonym)
Actinodoris australis Angas, 1864
Dendrodoris australiensis (Abraham, 1877)
Dendrodoris melaena Allan, 1932
Doris debilis Pease, 1871
Doris rubrilineata Pease, 1871
Doris sordida Pease, 1871

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Sandy


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island (Lat: 9.23) (Long: 79.23) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ritchies Archipelago INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • O'Donoghue, CH (1932) Notes on Nudibranchiata from southern India Journal of Molluscan Studies The Malacological Society of London 20(3) 141-166 Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Ramakrishna; Sreeraj, CR; Raghunathan, C; Sivaperuman, C; Yogesh Kumar, JS; Raghuraman, R; Immanuel, T and Rajan, PT (2010) Guide to Opisthobranchs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, Kolkata 187 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • (1998) Sea Slug Forum Australian Museum Available at -
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at -
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at -

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