Chromodoris leopardus

Image courtesy of Jim Black
Lembeh Indonesia

Chromodoris leopardus also taken by Jim Black

Chromodoris leopardus Rudman, 1987

Truly one of the most beautiful slugs on the reef. In Indo-Pacific Sea Slugs we separate this group of Chromodorids by the fact that they all have rings on spots on the dorsum, but differ from the similarly colored group (containing species such as Chromodoris kuniei (Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum )), that flap their mantles.

C. leopardus is often confused with Risbecia tryoni, but it has a low rather than elevated body profile. The body is white with a brown pattern forming rounded patches. Each patch contains a purple to black spot or circle. It also has a bluish-purple marginal band.

This species has a very large geographic distribution including the entire western pacific of Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan to the Society Islands.

Dave Behrens
Sammamish, WA 98074
Oct., 2013
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Jim and buddy Mike doing Jake & Elwood......The Blues Brothers !!

Jim Black is retired from US Airways after 27 years as a pilot..., flying Captain on an Airbus 330 Internationally.

Diving since 1970...with over 5200 dives logged. Shoots Nikon D-300 in Subal Housing with Ikelite strobes. Macro Mate on 105mm for supermacro.

Jim's photography has been featured in a number of books and publications including Helmut Debelius' Nudibranchs and Sea Snails of Gosliner, Behrens and Williams Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific. A photo of Jim petting a shark in "Sleeping Shark Caves" off Isla Mujeres Island, Mexico, taken by Amy Foster his significant other, recently appeared in Dave Behrens' Diving Guide to Cozumel, Cancun & The Riviera Maja.

Jim has been a solid supporter of the Slug Site since day one. His countless contributions put him near the top of the list of photographers who have greatly expanded our knowledge of sea slugs. There are a lot of kids in the formative stage of their education who are getting their first introduction to our sea slug friends via the great photographs Jim and other contributors have made to the site. My hat is off to Jim for making this presentation possible!

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