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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

This is chromodorididae nudibranch Chromodoris tinctoria. This species is characterized by the red spots on the back and the white subliminal band on the mantle.
From Bill Rudman of the Sea Slug Forum - "Although I initially thought (Rudman, 1973) there were differences between Doris tinctoria Ruppell & Leuckart, 1828, Doris reticulata Quoy & Gaimard, 1832, Goniobranchus reticulatus Pease, 1866, Chromodoris alderi Collingwood, 1881 and Chromodoris inopinata Bergh, 1905, extensive collections from throughout the Indo-West Pacific indicate that the species differences suggested by different colour patterns is not supported by internal anatomy."
IMage taken at the North Rocks dive site off the coast of Malapascua Island in Cebu, The Philippines

· Date: Fri January 7, 2005 · Reference ID: all/222004_1205_104851AA_1 · Views: 7540 ·
Keywords: southeast se asia sea slug dorid doridae nudi rare unusual spot spotted indo pacific


Huge Crinoid on a Sipidan Coral Reef Wall
Paul Osmond

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