Doris ocelligera is a small dorid nudibranch found living
under stones or shaded habitats feeding on small
sponges. It is an Atlantic-Mediterranean species.
Propodial tentacles: 'Present' - bilaminate propodium. Oral tentacles: 2 in number, short. Rhinophores: Pale coloured, lamellate (9 lamellae) and
retractable. Gills: Retractable, pinnate, light brown in colour Body: Flattish, rounded, with large spiculose tubercules;
the body colour varies from light yellow brown to light
brown but is darker brown in the centre part of the
notum. Paler specimens are also present. The tubercules
are small sized at the edge but larger towards the centre
with black marks at the tips and spiculose. Foot: Yellowish, without appendages.
Size range: 4-9mm. Rare.
Specific characteristics: This species can be
distinguished from other Doris species by presence of 2
large tubercules near the rhinophores and 8 large
tubercules near the gill circlet. In D. verrucosa the
tubercules near the gills are very large.
Identified by Dr. A Perrone.
9mm St. Georges' Bay, Birzebbugia <1m depth 13/04/94