Chromodoris coi
(Risbec, 1956)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Tropical western Pacific


UPPER: Noumea, New Caledonia, October 1988. PHOTO: Bill Rudman.
LOWER LEFT: Lizard Is., Queensland, February 1981. PHOTO: J. Fields.
LOWER RIGHT: Granite Head, Lizard Is., Queensland, 10m, October 1979. PHOTO: R. Kuiter.

Originally described from Vietnam, it is well-known throughout the tropical western Pacific. The central region of the mantle is outlined by a sinuous purple line, a feature it has in common with a probable sibling species from the Indian Ocean, Chromodoris gleniei. The major points of difference are that in Chromodoris gleniei the central region is orange-brown with dark markings, while in C. coi the central region is a dull brown, sometimes with a darker mottling. Around the mantle edge of C. coi there is also a thin purple line, present only around the anterior end in C. gleniei. In both species, the underside of the anterior end of the mantle is deep purple, and in both species the whole of the mantle edge flaps rhythmically up and down as the animal crawls along, as can be clearly seen in the bottom right photo.

• Rudman, W.B. (1987) The Chromodorididae Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris epicuria, C.aureopurpurea, C. annulata, C. coi and Risbecia tryoni colour groups. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 90: 305-407.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (October 17) Chromodoris coi (Risbec, 1956). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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