Chromodoris africana from Mayotte

December 10, 2003
From: Marina Poddubetskaia

Dear Bill,
Could you confirm the ID of these specimens, please. I think they are both Chromodoris africana.

Upper Photo:
Date: November 11, 2003
Location: Handrema, Mayotte Island, Indian Ocean
Site: Banc Laclocheterie
Depth: 16m
Size: 15mm
Lower Photo:
Photo 2 :
Date: November 15, 2003
Location : Kongou, Mayotte Island, Indian Ocean
Site: Recif de Peitro
Depth: 14m
Size: 60mm

All the best to you,

Poddubetskaia, M., 2003 (Dec 10) Chromodoris africana from Mayotte. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Marina,
The large animal in the lower photo is definitely Chromodoris africana and I am pretty sure the small one is to. It seems to have the ovate mantle shape, with a broad skirt which is typical of that species. Both C. quadricolor and C. hamiltoni being more elongate.
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Dec 10). Comment on Chromodoris africana from Mayotte by Marina Poddubetskaia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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