August 24, 2000
From: Bruce Potter
I have been given your address as a nudibranch expert who may be able to help me identify the enclosed beast.
I live in Honiara, Solomon Islands and have been diving here for 11 years. Nudibranchs are one of my chief interests. Since the unrest here during the past couple of years, we have been confined largely to just one small site. It is a rubbly area with sea grasses. Over the past year I have filmed more than 50 different nudibranchs on this one site.
I can usually identify them from my books, but this one has me stumped.
Are you able to cast any light on it?
firstname.lastname@example.orgPotter, B., 2000 (Aug 24) Spotted Chromodoris striatella. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2918
This is quite an interesting find and has arrived at a fortuitous time. Valda Fraser has recently sent a photo of a similar animal from South Africa and Angel Valdes has also sent a photo of Chromodoris mandapamensis from India which maybe the same thing.
I have suggested that it is a spotted form of Chromodoris striatella. In your specimen you can definitely see traces of the white longitudinal lines. Any more photos of intermediates between the spotted and lined forms would be very welcome.