Chromodoris aureopurpurea from INdonesia

January 20, 2006
From: Erwin Kodiat

Hi Bill,
I took this shot at Tulamben, Bali. However can't ID it precisely. Debelius' book refer it to as Chromodoris rufomarginata while other reference calls it Chromodoris aureopurpurea. Which one is correct? .

Locality: Matahari Reef, Tulamben. Bali, Indonesia. Lombok Strait. Depth: 16 metres. Length: 5 cm. 1 January 2006. Sandy Photographer: Erwin Kodiat

Thanks in advance
Erwin Kodiat

Kodiat, E., 2006 (Jan 20) Chromodoris aureopurpurea from INdonesia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Erwin,
I think you mean Chromodoris rufomaculata. Your photo is of 'typical' C. aureopurpurea. One of the characteristic features of its colour pattern are the yellow caps that sit on top of each of the purple spots around the mantle edge. However, just to complicate things have a look at the C. rufomaculata Fact Sheet where I suggest that further studies might show that a number of these similarly coloured species may be colour variants of one species.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Jan 20). Comment on Chromodoris aureopurpurea from INdonesia by Erwin Kodiat. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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