Cadlinella ornatissima from Reunion Island

September 6, 2006
From: Sandrine Flodrops

Dear Bill,
Here is an other nudibranch from Reunion Island. The size is about 10-12 mm and I believe it is a juvenile Cadlinella ornatissima. I note that you have Cadlinella from South Africa and I add Reunion Island to the list.

Locality: Saint-Leu (Dive site: Banc Doré), 12 metres, Reunion Island, Indian Ocean, 10 May 2006. Length: 10-12 mm. Photographer: Sandrine Flodrops.


Baumann-Flodrops, S., 2006 (Sep 6) Cadlinella ornatissima from Reunion Island. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Sandrine,
Thanks for the record. This species has a wide Indo-West Pacific distribution. In fact the first time I ever saw it alive was in Tanzania, and at that time it was only known for Japan and New Caledonia. At that stage its distribution was more a distribution of nudibranch workers than a true reflection of the nudibranchs geographic range.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (Sep 6). Comment on Cadlinella ornatissima from Reunion Island by Sandrine Flodrops. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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