Food for Chromodoris kuiteri

November 27, 1998
From: Nerida Wilson

I was wondering if anyone has any information on what Chromodoris kuiteri eats, particularly in the area of Cook Island, northern New South Wales?

Nerida Wilson

Wilson, N., 1998 (Nov 27) Food for Chromodoris kuiteri. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Nerida,
I have records of it feeding on an unidentified species of the sponge Dysidea in southern Queensland and I assume it probably feeds on the same in northern New Spouth Wales. If you could let me know why you want to know it would be easier to help. Are you looking for the slug? or have you found it feeding on something and want to identify the food?

If you have found it commonly on a sponge I would very much like a photograph of it and the sponge, and a sample of the sponge. two days ago I was talking to Dr Pat Bergquist, a leading world expert on sponges who is at the moment wrapping up a revision of the genus in the tropics. If I can get some material for her it will possibly help her revision and help us identify another food sponge of a nudibranch.

Another person worth contacting would be Wayne Ellis (see his message below).

Reference: Rudman, W.B. (1984d) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: a review of the genera. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 81: 115-273.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 1998 (Nov 27). Comment on Food for Chromodoris kuiteri by Nerida Wilson. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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