Chromodoris africana
Eliot, 1904

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Typical specimens known from East Africa, Red Sea and western Indian Ocean.


Fungu Mkadya, off Kunduchi Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, January 1974, 73mm long alive. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Colour as in the accompanying photos. The radular teeth have a number of morphological differences from similarly coloured animals Chromodoris cf. africana from the eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific. In C. africana the innermost lateral tooth on each side has 3-4 inner denticles and no outer denticles and the other lateral teeth can have a few small outer denticles, but at the base of the tooth, or none. In Chromodoris cf. africana, however, the innermost lateral tooth has up to 5 inner and outer denticles, and the other lateral teeth have up to 7 prominent outer denticles.

• Rudman, W.B. (1977) Chromodorid opisthobranch Mollusca from East Africa and the tropical West Pacific. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 61: 351-397.
• Rudman, W.B. (1982) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris quadricolor, C. lineolata and Hypselodoris nigrolineata colour groups.
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 76: 183-241.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (July 19) Chromodoris africana Eliot, 1904. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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