species: Nembrotha kubaryana in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Nembrotha kubaryana

©Vanessa Messmer: Nembrotha kubaryana at Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks: Nembrotha kubaryana at Lizard Island

©Barbara Banks: Nembrotha kubaryana, two animals feeding on the ascidian Sigillina signifera at Loomis Reef, Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Order Nudibranchia
Family Polyceridae
Genus Nembrotha
Species Nembrotha kubaryana



Distinguishing features

According to Humann and Deloach (2010), this is a highly variable species. Black to dark green body with green or orange tubercles; rhinophores orange at the front and with a green or orange band at the base. The body margin is orange and the gills are orange or green. At Lizard Island, the most common form has green tubercles and orange rhinophore base and orange gills.


  • Up to 10 cm (length)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Humann, P. and N. Deloach (2010). Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Other references

  • Gates, J. and P. Hoyle (1990). Lore from the Lizard: Lizard Island Research Station, Australian Natural History, 23(4): 314-321. LIRS catalog number 402.
  • Waegele, H., I. Burghardt, N. Anthes, J. Evertsen, A. Klussman-Kolb and G. Brodie (2006). Species diversity of opisthobranch molluscs on Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, In: Contemporary studies into the systematics and evolution of opisthobranch molluscs, (Eds. G. Brodie, S. Fahey and F.E. Wells), Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 69: 33-59. LIRS catalog number 1036.