Discodoris branneri

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Discodoris branneri
Discodoris branneri.png
Dorsal view of Discodoris branneri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Discodorididae
Genus: Discodoris
Species: D. branneri
Binomial name
Discodoris branneri
MacFarland, 1909
  • Discodoris evelinae Er. Marcus, 1955
  • Discodoris hedgpethi Marcus & Marcus, 1960
  • Montereina branneri (MacFarland, 1909)

Discodoris branneri is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, shell-less marine gastropod mollusks in the family Discodorididae.[1]


The distribution of Discodoris branneri includes Florida, Texas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Brazil.[2]


Dorsal view of Discodoris branneri.

The body is oval, moderately rigid.[2] Dorsum is covered by numerous conical tubercles.[2] Background color is variable, from cream to purplish brown, sometimes with black or white patches and spots.[2] Rhinophores and gill are usually the same color as the dorsum with white tips.[2] The maximum recorded length is 110 mm.[3][2]


Minimum recorded depth is 0 m.[3] Maximum recorded depth is 7 m.[3] It was found under rocks in Panama.[2]

Members of this family feed on sponges.[2]

When disturbed, this species autotomizes parts of the mantle.[2]


This article incorporates Creative Commons (CC-BY-4.0) text from the reference[2]

  1. ^ a b Gofas, S.; Bouchet, P.; Rosenberg, G. (2014). Discodoris branneri MacFarland, 1909. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=532745 on 2015-03-06
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Goodheart J. A., Ellingson R. A., Vital X. G., Galvão Filho H. C., McCarthy J. B., Medrano S. M., Bhave V. J., García-Méndez K., Jiménez L. M., López G. & Hoover C. A. (2016). "Identification guide to the heterobranch sea slugs (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Bocas del Toro, Panama". Marine Biodiversity Records 9(1): 56. doi:10.1186/s41200-016-0048-z
  3. ^ a b c Welch J. J. (2010). "The "Island Rule" and Deep-Sea Gastropods: Re-Examining the Evidence". PLoS ONE 5(1): e8776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008776.

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