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Doto coronata

Gmelin, 1791

Doto

Classification
Identification
Biology
Distribution
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Doto coronata (Gmelin, 1791)
Synonyms :
Classification : Nudibranchia [ Cuvier, 1817 ] ( Sea slugs )
 
Name : Doto
Name : Doto
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
This is an aggregate species consisting of Doto species which share the characteristics of red pigment spots on the tips of the ceratal tubercles and red pigment in the pseudobranch region on the inner face of each ceras. There are red to maroon pigment spots or streaks on the body. The smooth rhinophores have sheaths with dilated margins. The body is translucent white.

Typically about 10mm in length.
Possible confusions
The newly described species Doto hydrallmaniae and Doto sarsiae have only recently been separated from this complex by electrophoretic methods. It is likely that other morphs are also good sibling species.
Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Feed
Probably feeds exclusively on the hydroid Eudendrium.
Cycle of life / Reproduction
The spawn consists of a ribbon which is laid in a concertina fashion.
Interaction with other species
Feel free to update this datasheet and complete this data.
Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Rocks
Mainly found on hydroid Eudendrium.
Geographical distribution
European Atlantic coast, and western Mediterranean.
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://www.a4454.freeserve.co.uk/doto-coronata-01.html
http://www.marinbi.com/nudibranchia/doto_coronata.htm
http://www.medslugs.de/E/Atl-NE/Doto_coronata.htm
http://www.pictonb.freeserve.co.uk/nudibranchs/dotcor.html
http://www.seaslugforum.net/dotocoro.htm
http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/marinelife/mollusca/dotcor.htm

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Bibliography   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
A Field Guide to the Nudibranchs of the British Isles
Bernard Picton, Christine C. Morrow
Immel Publishing, 1994
Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 24/04/2003

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 24/04/2003


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