Suborder : DORIDINA
Superfamily : Eudoridoidea
Family : Dorididae

Gills partially retracted.

In the Eudoridoidea the gills can be withdrawn into a pocket for protection. Another name for the superfamily is the "Cryptobranchia" which basically means "hidden gills".

Rhinophores partially retracted.

gills retracted retracted rhinophores

The Dorididae (Rafinesque, 1815)

Discodoris (Bergh, 1877)

Body and mantle :

Tough, broad nudibranchs with an ample mantle skirt.

The dorsal mantle usually bears abundant, small, spiculose rounded and tapered tubercles which have a granular appearance and texture.

Autotomy of the edges of the mantle occurs.


Photo : D. boholiensis



Halgerda (Bergh, 1880)

Body and mantle :

The body is smooth, "slimy" but firm to the touch.

The mantle is thrown into a reticulate pattern of ridges, usually sharply angled ( not in some cases, such as H. tessellata )

The foot is narrower than the mantle and in some cases extends out beyond the posterior limit of the mantle.

Photo : H. formosa



Gills :

They have usually black and white gills with sometimes a little yellow

The gill axes are large and elongate with scattered pinnae arising along their length, with some secondary branching.




Rhinophores :

The rhinophore club is short, having relatively few laminae, but being approximately twice the diameter of the stalk

They have usually black and white rhinophores with sometimes a little yellow

The stalk is quite long.



Photo : H. formosa

Carminodoris Bergh, 1889

Body and mantle :

The members of Carminodoris have prominent, rounded and tapered tubercles




Photo : C. grandiflora



Jorunna (Bergh, 1876)

Body and mantle :

Mantle is covered in small spiculate papillae (caryophyllidia) which are characteristic of that genus. The mantle have a rough texture.


Photo : Jorunna funebris


Platydoris ( Bergh, 1877)

Body and mantle :

Species of Platydoris are easily recognized by their flattened, normally rigid (or coriaceous) body

Dorsum covered with very small caryophyllidia.


Photo : P. scabra