Flat chromodorid egg masses

December 7, 2002
From: Nerida Wilson

Hi Bill,
After reading the recent message about Chromodoris dianae laying a flat egg mass, I thought I would bring to your attention my recent paper which identified several more species that lay similar egg masses. It is seems that this 'stripey' group of species probably forms a closely-related clade within Chromodoris.
Chromodoris aspersa
Chromodoris kuiteri
Chromodoris lochi
Chromodoris strigata

During my recent work in Sulawesi, I also can confirm more flat egg mass layers
Chromodoris annae
Chromodoris cf. colemani
Chromodoris cf. strigata
Chromodoris magnifica - C. magnifica had been previously published as laying an upright crenulated egg mass (Klussmann-Kolb & Waegele, 2001).

• Wilson, N. G. (2002). Egg masses of chromodorid nudibranchs (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia). Malacologia, 44(2): 289-305



Wilson, N.G., 2002 (Dec 7) Flat chromodorid egg masses. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/8611

Thanks Nerida,
I thought you would be interested when I posted Mary Jane's message. I was of course aware of your interesting publication and am very grateful for you drawing everyone's attention to it. I would love to be able to notify everyone of interesting new publications as they appear but I just don't have time. Could anyone who wants to let us know about their recent work please follow Nerida's example and send a message to the Forum.

Returning to egg ribbons - I must say I wonder why one whole group of chromodorids would find it beneficial to lay flattened egg ribbons?
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman