on food sponge
Peltodoris fellowsi Kay & Young,
|Maximum size: about 51 mm
is a firm, snow white dorid with black rhinophores and gills. Its
firm texture and lack of a brown marginal line distinguish it from Ardeadoris scottjohnsoni.
is a moderately common dorid that may be found resting under ledges or
on shaded cliffs at depths of 3-24 m (10-80 ft). It occurs at
moderately exposed to highly exposed sites and lays a white egg mass
with a ruffled edge. It apparently feeds on a cream sponge. (Note 1)
Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai: widely distributed in the western &
This species is listed in some sources as Hiatodoris fellowsi.
referred to as "Fellow's nudibranch" in Hoover, 1998 & 2006 as well as the "snowball sea slug" in Hoover, 1997. It was
probably first reported from Hawaii in Edmondson, 1946 (without name).
It was named for David Fellows who collected the first specimens from
Pupukea, Oahu in July, 1965 (Kay & Young, 1969).
Black Rock, Maui; May 6, 2003.
Observations and comments:
1: Although the included photos show minimal feeding damage on the sponge (that might be attributed to breakage), we've seen several shots on-line showing H. fellowsi resting on the same species of sponge, some with substantially more feeding damage.