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Doris sticta

(Iredale & O'Donoghue, 1923)

Kirstie Harris Paula Lightfoot - here's the Doris sticta I found at Drawna Rock, Porthkerris. This one is from 2009 but I've got more recent photos as well.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 07 May 2013
Kirstie Harris Found this chap on the Elk in Plymouth Sound on Thursday evening. I've seen them at Drawna Rock in Cornwall before, but never in the Plymouth area. Plus I can't remember its name! And are those eggs underneath it?

David Kipling Doris sticta - nice!

Kirstie Harris That's the fellow, thanks :)

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 22 Jun 2013
Terry Griffiths Feeding E.Kings

Richard Lord Doris sticta - where was this photographed? I was this species nine years ago in June http://www.sealordphotography.net/gallery/1935666/#!i=100585849&k=bFKY4

Terry Griffiths Appeared to be feeding for David Kipling

Terry Griffiths Hi Richard this one was taken at Eastern Kings Plymouth today

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 22 Jul 2012
Terry Griffiths Hi David i do belive this one is the same photographed at Eastern Kings Plymouth.

Bernard Picton Terry, this is Doris sticta. It is also quite a rare nudibranch, but has been known from the UK for a good while. It was also called Doris maculata at one stage. http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=W13970

Terry Griffiths Thank you Bernard.

David Fenwick Snr Hi Terry, lived in Plymouth half my life and I've not seen one, very good find indeed. I read quite a bit about yours when trying to find out what mine was.

Terry Griffiths Hi David , E K is nudibranch central in Devon ,will be spending a lot of time over the next few months diving there.

David Fenwick Snr Keep a look out for Lepadogaster candollei, the Connemarra clingfish; perhaps the best thing I've found at Eastern King's on the shore. http://www.aphotomarine.com/fish_rockpool_connemarra_clingfish_lepadogaster_candollei.html

Terry Griffiths Seen some normally sat on some kelp, off like a flash but i think i do have a few pic's.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 09 Apr 2012
Paula Lightfoot Doris sticta I think - I saw it on the wreck of the Volnay in Cornwall this weekend, never seen this one before :)

David Kipling Yup spot on! Reminds me of those tropical Halgerdas.

Kirstie Harris I've seen these on the Drawna Rock shore dive at Porthkerris, but not found them in Plymouth.

George Brown And recently found on the west coast of Scotland.

Paula Lightfoot George and Kirstie are your records in the 2012 Seasearch dataset? If so they will be on the NBN Gateway very soon. Currently the only record from that part of Cornwall is Chris Wood's record from the Volnay in 2005 so it will be good to get the Drawna Rock record(s) added. That's great news about a record from west Scotland, that's loads further north than all the current records!

Kirstie Harris No, mine aren't. I'll check my logbooks tonight to see when exactly I saw them (it was before last year), but I do know I find them every time I dive there. Who should I tell?

Paula Lightfoot Hi Kirstie, did you take photos? You could enter individual records into iRecord (www.brc.ac.uk/iRecord) or the MBA's Marine Sightings Network.

Kirstie Harris I'm almost certain I've got photos. I'll do the necessary tonight!

George Brown I'll check it out Paula.

David Kipling Do we have any idea what this species eats yet? (other than looking like a bit of scruffy yellow sponge). I've never seen it actually on a sponge ...

Kirstie Harris Have entered the info and photo into iRecord.

Bernard Picton It was quite common around Sark in 2010 when we were doing our Sponge UK project. Some were certainly eating Ciocalypta penicillus, but they were in rocky habitats as well so I wondered if they ate other sponges as well.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 06 May 2013
Sarah Bowen Following on from an earlier thread talking about Tritonia hombergi/plebia; here's one that was bugging me from the Scillies in May 2010. From memory he was no more than about 5cms long, 22 m water and on a particularly rich site where we found Okenia elegans and Doris sticta as well. At the time we went for small Tritonia hombergi, but I'm now thinking plebia because of the 6 (or in this case 7) oral tentacles. What do others think?

Jim Anderson At that size and colour etc. I'd say hombergii

Christian Skauge Definitely T. plebeia in my opinion. T. hombergi has a different gob altogether - look at this image (pardon the looong link - must try and fix that on my homepage): http://www.undervannsfoto.no/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage99.tpl&product_id=274&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=224&item_num=3&total_items=3

Bernard Picton Sarah do you really mean 5 cm - looking at the bryozoan I would think it was smaller than that. I've seen this coloration in T. hombergi, have we got photographs of small ones?

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 04 Feb 2012
Chandy de Wit New comer to my favourite local Nudi site in Kwinana Western Australia 4cm length @ 4m depth... Maybe Platydoris? The gills are cream coloured...

Gary Cobb I wonder if this is Geitodoris sticta! Platydoris species tend to have a smooth mantle.

Chandy de Wit Thank you Gary Cobb, don't know how you do it :)

Gary Cobb It all done with magic and mirrors! Seriously tho I have spent the last 11 years looking at photos and specimens where I can compare anatomy and come up with the best ID. Thanks.

Chris Cunnold Wow Chandy , this might be a first for that location. I've never heard of it around Perth.

Gary Cobb Nice news Chris!

Chandy de Wit Great news Chris Cunnold, I saw two on a night dive @ the Grain Terminal last week and haven't seen any since? Maybe transported in ship ballast water?

Brendan Oonk Judging by the star shaped acid glands, I'm sure it is Geitodoris. I don't know the species of Geitodoris you got over there... In the Netherlands, a nudi like this, would have been called G.planata, the only one we get.. I'm not able to distiguis between the species from this picture.

Brendan Oonk Gary can you explane to me why you call this G.sticta? Or is it simply by distribution?

Gary Cobb We only have 3 species of the genus Geitodoris in the Australia / New Zealand region that are known. This photo matches Geitodoris sticta. And yes distribution has a bit to say when trying to ID species. DNA would tell us for sure but in the game of identification we can ony go by what we presently know.

Jaime Romero ¿ Name......................? Lanzarote-Canary Islands

Antoni López-Arenas Cama Polycera elegans! http://www.opistobranquis.org/ca/guia/106

Jaime Romero Gracias compañero

Vanessa Knutson One of my favorites!

David Kipling Nice! This hasn't been seen in the UK for decades (must be at northern limit of range). How common is it further south in Europe? I might have to go on a trip! http://www.habitas.org.uk/marinelife/species.asp?item=W13670

João Pedro Silva Never seen it (and looked for it...) and was very rarely seen in Portugal.

David Kipling Terry Griffiths ... have you ever seen this?

Terry Griffiths David Kipling sorry it's on my hit list one day i hope , best thing i have had lately 20 mins with a Doris sticta, 50 photo's of following it around feeding.

David Kipling Yeah, it's on Sarah's list as well (close to top!). Annoyingly it's been recorded on Skomer (where we dive a lot) back in near-medieval times, so we keep looking out in hope!

Shaun West My first post and first Doris sticta taken @ 15m depth on the rocks above the wrecks of the SS Hathor and SS Plympton, Isle of Scilly. At around 30mm in size and as I did not have the macro lens fitted I have had to crop it out of a larger photo, but I think the identification is correct it's fairly distinctive little fella.

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 18 Sep 2012
Tamsyn MAnn a few nudi's spotted in Plymouth today...

Tamsyn MAnn Names of them would be appreciated... am being lazy...

David Kipling First one looks like Onchodoris muricata to me ;)

Terry Griffiths Named a few for you Tam dont be lazy lol

João Pedro Silva Dawn Watson: Only those in Tamsyn MAnn's network can see the pictures. I can't see them either.

David Kipling Is this a FB feature that if you share an Album to a Group then only your Friends in the group can see the pics, João Pedro?

João Pedro Silva No, David. This depends on each person's privacy preferences. If you choose that your photos can only be seen by our friends then it doesn't matter in which group you share the photos: they will only be seen by your friends. Fortunately you can change this individually by picture or album without affecting your preferences.

David Kipling Ah I understand. Must remember that when posting to a Group. We should probably make a post in the group to let people know - its happened a few times.

Tamsyn MAnn Doh... didn't think of that. will sort out the status so you can actually see the pictures. I thought as I was sharing it, you'd be able to see them... Sorry!

Tamsyn MAnn I think I've sorted it...

João Pedro Silva I think now everyone can see them. Thanks, Tamsyn MAnn!

Christian Skauge Thanks :-)

João Pedro Silva 1st, 3rd and 7th are Polycera faeroensis. 8th is Jorunna tomentosa.

David Kipling Yah! Yes, Tamsyn MAnn, I can see them now. Well worth the wait ;)

Sarah Bowen And the spotty one is Thecacera pennigera! And the yellow bumpy one Doris sticta - both of which are good finds!

David Kipling Ooh, Doris sticta, not common!

Sarah Bowen Beat you to it!

David Kipling (I'd be more impressed with Sarah's ID of the D sticta if it wasn't labelled as such on the picture ...)

Terry Griffiths I was going to label them all before you had seen the pictures but then no fun.

João Pedro Silva (I knew it, all this stuff about hiding the pictures was a conspiration to avoid us to quickly identify the small beasts...)

João Pedro Silva (that is to be read with Peter Lorre's voice)

Terry Griffiths Joao i could put up one of albums to make you happy.

Tamsyn MAnn Thank you for the ID's! There were 2 Thecacera pretty close to each other. Terry found one, I found the other! x

Message posted on NE Atlantic Nudibranchs on 15 Apr 2012
Nicola Faulks Just a few pictures to inspire you all to seasearch outside of the North East and enjoy our fabulous British coastline!

David Kipling The nudi is Doris sticta, does a very good job of looking like a bit of sponge! And the coral worm looks like a bit of a dead sponge skeleton to me....

Nicola Faulks Ah... now there's a thought which hadn't occured to me - sponge skeleton. It was beautifully intricate. :-)

Message posted on Seasearch North East England on 18 Aug 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Mollusca (Phylum)
    Gastropoda (Class)
      Heterobranchia (Subclass)
        Opisthobranchia (Infraclass)
          Nudibranchia (Order)
            Euctenidiacea (Suborder)
              Doridacea (Infraorder)
                Doridoidea (Superfamily)
                  Dorididae (Family)
                    Doris (Genus)
                      Doris sticta (Species)
Associated Species