Taringa armata is a medium sized dorid nudibranch found
in shallow water under rocks. Although superficially similar
to other dorid nudibranchs the notum is with large
papillae, each of which has a number of sharp spicules.
Oral tentacles: 2 in number, very short, unfurrowed. Rhinophores: Brownish spotted and lamellate. Gills: Retractile, brownish with several dark markings. Notum: Distinctly papillate, pale brown with dark brown
to red brown marks/blobs on the body; papillae with
distinct spicules on top (caryophyllidia). Underside is pale
brown with dark brown spots. Foot: Yellow brown with dark brown spots underneath.
Size range: 25mm. Very Rare.
Specific characteristics: This species is difficult to
distinguish from related species in the field. The presence
of spicules on the papillae and the drab colour will narrow
the genus to Taringa.