Re: nudibranch extinction? (4)

May 3, 2001
From: Scott Johnson

Hi Bill,
It may be that we haven't been doing enough deeper water searching to find Chromodoris petechialis. I recall seeing a large red spotted chromodorid in a bottle of formalin some years ago. It had been collected a few days before by a special student program at the University of Hawaii called the Marine Options Program. The animal was brought up from a bottom trawl taken in, I believe, about 100 meters of water. The person who showed me the animal was not sure. Unfortunately, I was able to superficially examine it for only a few minutes, and was not able to talk them out of it. Perhaps we can get some of those folks using electronic rebreathers to keep their eyes open for it.

Johnson, S., 2001 (May 3) Re: nudibranch extinction? (4). [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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