Discodoris stellifera

Discodoris stellifera (von Ihering in Vayssière, 1904)

Discodoris stellifera by Enric Madrenas
Class: Gastropoda  Cuvier, 1797
Subclass: Heterobranchia  J.E. Gray, 1840
Clade: Euthyneura  Spengel, 1881
Clade: Nudipleura  Wägele & Willan, 2000
Order: Nudibranchia  Cuvier, 1817
Suborder: Euctenidiacea  Tardy, 1970
Infraorder: Doridacea  Thiele, 1931
Superfamily: Doridoidea  Rafinesque, 1815
Family: Discodorididae  Bergh, 1891
Genus: Discodoris  Bergh, 1877
Species:  Discodoris stellifera (von Ihering in Vayssière, 1904)

The presently accepted taxonomy of the Gastropoda is the revision of Bouchet & Rocroi (2005). Certain authors no longer consider this species as Discodoris stellifera (Vayssière, 1903) [Archidoris], because of the deep revision of the family performed by Dayrat (2010).  However, we still stick to the genus Discodoris according to WoRMS, pending further revision. 


  • Archidoris stellifera Ihering in Vayssière, 1904




  • Discodoris. From Latin “discus”, disc + “Doris”, in Greek mythology, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, who married Nereus and were the parents of the Nereids.
  • Stellifera. From Latin “stella”, star, “stellatus”, starred, shaped like a star or “X”.


Known georeferenced records of the species: Discodoris stellifera (z-200).
: GROC 2010-2011 : VIMAR
: Enric Madrenas : Manuel Ballesteros.
: João Pedro Silva : M@re Nostrum
: Bernard Picton : Other sources
: GBIF.ORG : Marine Regions

References for the species: Discodoris stellifera

    Cantabria: Ávila Escartín (1993). Portugal: Calado et al. (1999). Gibraltar: García-Gómez (1983, as D. planata). Catalunya: Ros (1975, citada como Anisodoris, 1978), Ballesteros (1980, 1985, citada como D. planata).

    General: Cattaneo-Vietti, Chemello, & Giannuzzi-Savelli, 1990:87[P]; Perrone, 1986a:26; 1987:316; Sabelli, Giannuzzi-Savelli, & Bedulli, 1990:441

    Sources: Cervera et al., 2004, Ballesteros, 2007, McDonald, 2006 and other sources.


        Western Mediterranean:0 Stars
        Eastern Mediterranean:0.0 Stars
        Atlantic Ocean:0.0 Stars
This chart displays the observation probability for Discodoris stellifera
based on our own records.

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Bibliography based on the works by Steve Long, 2006. Bibliography of Opisthobranchia 1554-2000 and Gary McDonald, 2009. Bibliographia Nudibranchia, with later updates from other resources.

Further reading

Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes et al. (2012-2017) "Discodoris stellifera" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 16/05/2012, Accessed: 18/10/2017 at (http://opistobranquis.info/en/62NCy)

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