Aphelodoris luctuosa, Poor Knights Is, New Zealand, Photo: Andrew Green
A common subtidal nudibranch endemic to New Zealand. A smooth mantle which is highly variable in the colour and pattern. Similar species in Australia Aphelodoris varia.
Max Size: 8 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 13.8-21.6°C
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (19% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.