November 26, 2008
From: Deborah Chambers
I think this is a pair of Mexichromis kempfi that I photographed on Little Cayman Island in October 2008.
These are not real common on Little Cayman (or at least they're hard to spot!), so I thought I would submit the photo. It's the first time I've seen two of them together.
Locality: Little Cayman Island, 15 meters, Cayman Islands, BWI, Caribbean Sea, 19 October 2008, Spur and groove coral formations. Length: 20 mm. Photographer: Deborah Chambers.
firstname.lastname@example.orgChambers, D. S., 2008 (Nov 26) Mexichromis kempfi from Little Cayman, BWI. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22075
Thanks for these photos. As you will see from earlier messages, these Caribbean animals with a whitish background colour are rather different from the darker blue animals from Brazil on which the species was based. I suspect we have enough intermediate colour forms to show that they are all colour forms of one species, but as Vinicius Padula suggested [message #19200], it would be valuable to compare the anatomy of these different forms.
It's intere sting to see another example of animals of M. kempfi following each other in single file like this [see trailing Fact Sheet]. If you do ever see this species laying eggs it would be nice to have a photo to compare with the one on Vinicius Padula's message. If the eggs of the Caribbean animals are different from those of the Brazilian animals, it would indicate we are probably dealing with more than one species.
Re: Mexichromis kempfi from Little Cayman, British West Indies
From: Vinicius Padula, November 27, 2008
Re: Mexichromis kempfi from Brazil
From: Vinicius Padula, January 12, 2007
Mexichromis kempfi from Brazil
From: Armando de Luca Junior, January 10, 2007
Mexichromis kempfi from Cozumel, Mexico
From: Charles Hopf, October 27, 2006
Mexichromis kempfi from Cozumel
From: James Lyle, August 22, 2006
Re: Nudibranch in Little Cayman?
From: Matan Ninio, January 17, 2006
Nudibranch in Little Cayman?
From: Larissa Roorda, January 16, 2006
Mexichromus kempfi from Bonaire
From: Les Wilk, December 15, 2005
Unknown chromodorid from Brazil
From: Armando de Luca Junior, March 5, 2005
Chromodoris kempfi - 'trailing' behaviour
From: Andreas Ahrens, March 6, 2003
Correct genus for Chromodoris kempfi
From: Elianny Dominguez Tejo, March 19, 2002
Chromodoris kempfi from Colombia
From: Phanor Montoya, October 20, 2000
Chromodoris kempfi? from Colombia's Caribbean coast
From: P. Montoya, March 31, 2000
Chromodoris kempfi from Florida
From: Anne Dupont, October 11, 1999