Chromodoris aureopurpurea from New South Wales

April 22, 2002
From: Ákos Lumnitzer

Hi Bill
We found quite a few specimens of Chromodoris aureopurpurea at Nelson Bay recently. I wonder about the species' distribution range as we haven't seen them in our neck of the woods before. (Sydney that is)

Thanks for your help.
Ákos Lumnitzer

Lumnitzer, A., 2002 (Apr 22) Chromodoris aureopurpurea from New South Wales. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Ákos,
C. aureopurpurea is found in the western Pacific from Japan to the east coast of Australia. It has been occasionally reported from the Sydney region but is more at home in the tropics. There is a photo in the C. aureopurpurea Fact Sheet of an animal from Botany Bay. In the Indian Ocean there is a closely related species C. alius.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Apr 22). Comment on Chromodoris aureopurpurea from New South Wales by Ákos Lumnitzer. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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