Chromodoris africana from Tofo, Mozambique

August 9, 2007
From: Natasja Vandeperre

Dear Bill,

Here are two pictures of Chromodoris africana from Tofo, Mozambique.

Locality: Tofo, 20 m, Mozambique, Indian Ocean, 12 July 2007. Photographer: Natasja Vandeperre.


Vandeperre, N., 2007 (Aug 9) Chromodoris africana from Tofo, Mozambique. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Natasja,
Thanks for these photos. Getting so many photos of the similar-looking C. quadricolor, it's good to get some photos of typical C. africana to show its differences. From my experience of the two species in Tanzania many years ago, C. africana is one of those species with a wide, but thin, mantle skirt, while C. quadricolor has a narrower, but thicker, mantle skirt much firmer to the touch.

The interesting thing in your photos is that both animals are associated with a bright orange-red sponge which is almost certainly a species of Negomabata. We have only two feeding records of this species, so another two photos showing this association are very welcome.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Aug 9). Comment on Chromodoris africana from Tofo, Mozambique by Natasja Vandeperre. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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