Chromodoris orientalis


Photo courtesy of Kevin Lee

Chromodoris orientalis Rudman, 1983

Kevin caught this fantastic chromodorid while diving with Dr. Koh, author of Sea Slugs of Korea . It is also one of over 350 Chromodorids presented in our new book Indo-Pacific Sea Slugs . This new field guide features the photos of 113 underwater shooters like Kevin.

The body is translucent white in color and has scattered dark brown spots, sometimes densely as in the present specimen shown above. This species has an yellow-orange marginal band.

The gill may be lined with orange or black. The rhinophores are yellow-orange.

Chromodoris orientalis is also the featured video this week! Video taken by the Webmaster at Hachijo Island, Japan in Nov. 2007.

Specimens reach up to 70 mm in length and are found on shallow water reefs. Little else is known of its biology. This species geographic range includes Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea.

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington CA
Oct. 2008



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