Chromodoris lineolata
(van Hasselt, 1824)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Tropical Indo-West Pacific


Darwin, Northern Territory, June 1987.
UPPER: on food sponge, Dysidea sp..
LOWER RIGHT: juvenile animal.
LOWER LEFT: adult.
PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Grows to about 30mm long. mantle pattern is essentially black with fine opaque white longitudinal lines, and a broad orange or yellow border. Characteristically there is a black line adjacent to the inner edge of the orange border. This enables the species to be readily distinguishable from the similarly coloured Chromodoris striatella in which there is a white line adjacent to the inner edge of the orange border. I have found it feeding on sponges of the genera Dysidea and Spongia.

• Rudman, W.B. (1982) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris quadricolor, C. lineolata and Hypselodoris nigrolineata colour groups. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 76: 183-241.
• Rudman, W.B., Darvell, B.W. (1990) Opisthobranch Molluscs of Hong Kong: Part 1. Nudibranch Families; Goniodorididae, Onchidorididae, Triophidae, Gymnodorididae, Chromodorididae (Nudibranchia). Asian Marine Biology, 7: 31-79.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (June 19) Chromodoris lineolata (van Hasselt, 1824). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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