Chromodoris heatherae
Gosliner, 1994

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


South Africa - temperate waters from Atlantic coast of the Cape Peninsula to Transkei.


Brazen Head, Transkei, SOUTH AFRICA - 28m, June 2000. Upper: 14mm long. Lower: 10mm. Photos: Valda Fraser.

Translucent white mantle and body, with white rhinophores and gills. Irregular opaque white band around mantle edge formed from ramifying epithelial mantle glands. In some specimens there is a thin submarginal yellow line around the mantle on the inside edge of the mantle glands. It apparently does not continue around in front of the rhinophores. Most specimens have a sereis of large red spots on the mantle, but in a few cases these are absent.

• Gosliner, T.M. (1981) Nudibranchs of Southern Africa. Chromodoris sp 1., p.76.
• Gosliner, T.M. (1994) New species of Chromodoris and Noumea (Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) from the western Indian Ocean and southern Africa. Proceedings of the Californian Academy of Sciences, 48(12): 239-252.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (July 9) Chromodoris heatherae Gosliner, 1994. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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