Nembrotha chamberlaini
Gosliner & Behrens, 1997

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Nembrothinae


Known only from the Philippines & Indonesia.


Upper: Batangas, Philippines, May, 2001. Photo: Mary Jane Adams. Lower: Lilo-an, Santander, Cebu Is, Philippines. Depth: 10m., 20 Sept 2003. Size: approx 35mm. Photo: Yukari Sato

This recently described species has a very distinctive colour pattern. In Gosliner & Behren's description one photo shows the patch around the base of the gills and rhinophores to be bright red - the same colour as the rhinophores and gills -, while in a second photo the basal patch around the gills, and the gills, are reddish brown. In Erwin Koehler's photo, both gills and basal region are dark brownish black. Gosliner, Behrens & Williams (1996) report it feeding on the ascidians Clavelina sp., Rhopalaea sp., & Oxycorynia sp..

• Gosliner, T.M., Behrens, D.W. & Williams, G.C. (1997) Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific. 314pp. Monterey, California: Sea Challengers.
• Gosliner, T.M. & Behrens, D.W. (1997). description of four new species of phanerobranch dorids (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) from the Indo-Pacific, with a redescription of Gymnodoris aurita (Gould, 1852).

See also the similarly coloured Nembrotha sp. 8 and Nembrotha sp. 9

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1998 (December 16) Nembrotha chamberlaini Gosliner & Behrens, 1997. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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