Chromodoris vibrata from Hawaii

January 11, 2001
From: Scott Johnson

Hi Bill,
Here are some images of Chromodoris vibrata to add to the Forum. This seems primarily to be a Hawaiian species, although I have found two juveniles here in the Marshall Islands. It gets its name from its habit of continually waving its gills, like some species of Noumea and Thorunna. In Hawaii, where all these photos were taken, the species is not particularly uncommon, usually found exposed on subtidal reefs. The two in the upper photo were underneath a rock feeding on an encrusting dark purple-black sponge; they were doing a good job of clearing the sponge off the white substrate. In the lower right photo, the light caught it just right to show the mantle glands near the margins.


Johnson, S., 2001 (Jan 11) Chromodoris vibrata from Hawaii. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Scott,
Bill Rudman.

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