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Doto pinnatifida.jpg
Doto cf. pinnatifida, South Africa.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Dexiarchia
clade Cladobranchia
Family: Dotidae
Gray, 1853

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Dotidae are a taxonomic family of small sea slugs, nudibranchs, shell-less marine gastropod molluscs formerly assigned to the order Opisthobranchia, but now considered to belong to the clade Dexiarchia. This family is unassigned to a superfamily.

This family has also been spelled in the past as "Dotonidae" and "Dotoidae". The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) decided in 1964 that neither spelling was correct and adopted Dotidae Gray, 1853 as the accepted name for this family.[1][2]


This family occurs worldwide in cold and warm seas.[3]


Genera within the family Dotidae include:[4]

Synonyms include:


  1. ^ International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (1964) "Doto Oken, 1815 (Gastropoda): validated under the plenary powers". Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 21(2): 97-100.
  2. ^ Rudman B. (9 March 2004) Dotidae or Dotoidae? Archived 5 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. accessed 7 November 2009.
  3. ^ Powell A. W. B., New Zealand Mollusca, William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1979 ISBN 0-00-216906-1
  4. ^ Bouchet, P. (2015). Dotidae. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2015-06-24

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