Chromodoris? from the Philippines

June 21, 2003
From: Erwin Koehler

Dear Bill,
Here is one more picture from the Philippine Islands.

Size: 11mm
Depth: 8m
Date: 08 March 2003
Siquijor Island, divesite "Coco Grove Housereef"

Cheers,
Erwin

Erwin@medslugs.de

Koehler, E., 2003 (Jun 21) Chromodoris? from the Philippines. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/9600

Dear Erwin,
I am pretty sure this is a species Bergh illustrated from the Philippines in 1874 [Pl. 33, fig 10], and labelled Doris. The painting differs however in having a white outer line on the mantle border. I can't find any text description anywhere, so I guess he didn't have a specimen to look at. However Semper's Reisen was published in small parts and in a very confusing way. Often plates were published with an unrelated section of the text, and Bergh sometimes used a different name in the text, to the one he used in the Plate captions. So a description may be there somewhere, published with a different name 2 or 3 years before or after the Plate.

• Bergh, L.S.R. (1874) Malacologische Untersuchungen. In: C.G. Semper, Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen, Wissenschaftliche Resultate, 6: 247-285,Pls.32-35.

I'll call it Glossodoris sp. 14.
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Jun 21). Comment on Chromodoris? from the Philippines by Erwin Koehler. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/9600

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