Doto fragaria

Doto fragaria  Ortea & Bouchet, 1989

Doto fragaria @ Santa Maria al Bagno (Lecce), Jonian Sea, Italy 7m on hydroids and porifera, spring 2013 by Cataldo Licchelli

Taxonomy
 

Superdomain

Biota  

 

Kingdom

Animalia  

 

Phylum

Mollusca  

 

Class

Gastropoda  

 

Subclass

Heterobranchia  

 

Infraclass

Euthyneura  

 

Subterclass

Ringipleura  

 

Superorder

Nudipleura  

 

Order

Nudibranchia  

 

Suborder

Cladobranchia  

 

Superfamily

Dendronotoidea  

 

Family

Dotidae  

 

Genus

Doto  

 

Species

Doto fragaria  Ortea & Bouchet, 1989

 
 Classification according to Bouchet et al. (2017)
Taxonomic source: World Register of Marine Species (AphiaID: 139639).
Description
White hyaline and semi-transparent body, allowing to see the cream coloured viscera inside. Some irregular brown spots on the dorsum and base of the cerata. Long rhinophores with white scores. Rhinophoric sheaths slightly open at the end, which is pigmented white, sometimes with a brown spot on the outer or inner face of the rhinophoric sheath. Four to five pairs of cerata on the back. The cerata have 4-5 groups of rounded tubercles that have a thick bluish-gray spot inside; The apical tubercle is also rounded. The digestive gland inside the cerata is a mild strawberry color (hence the specific name). The anal papilla is white and is between the first two cerata on the right side.

Biology
It lives on algae and Posidonia oceanica leaves with epibiont hydrarians. The spawn is 1-2 mm long, has a kidney shape and contains white eggs of about 100 microns.

Etymology

  • Doto, from Latin Doto, a sea nymph, from Greek Dōtō
  • Fragaria, because of the digestive gland colour, that reminds wild strawberries.

Distribution
After its description from specimens collected in northern Corsica (France), it has been located in the Gulf of Taranto (Italy). In Catalonia it is considered a rare species that has only been observed in a few locations in the Costa Brava such as Cadaqués, L’Escala and Sant Feliu de Guíxols.

Known georeferenced records of the species: Doto fragaria
Sources:
: OBIS
: GROC 2010-2011
: Enric Madrenas
: João Pedro Silva
: Bernard Picton
: GBIF.ORG
: OPK
: VIMAR
: Manuel Ballesteros.
: M@re Nostrum
: Altres fonts
: Marine Regions

Abundance

    Western Mediterranean:1 out of 5 stars
    Eastern Mediterranean:0 out of 5 stars
    Atlantic Ocean:0 out of 5 stars
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Further reading

Cite this article as:

Ballesteros, Manuel, Enric Madrenas, Miquel Pontes (2012-2019) "Doto fragaria" in OPK-Opistobranquis, Published: 16/10/2015, Accessed: 19/11/2019 at (https://opistobranquis.info/en/hejyE)

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