Chromodoris cf. africana from Okinawa?

July 19, 1999
From: Bob Bolland

Hi Bill:
I was recently taking a look at some of the striped Chromodoris spp. found here and found the attached JPEG. It seems to fit the description for Chromodoris africana which you provided in the Chromodorididae paper of 1982. I don't have access to your earlier 1977 paper describing animals from East Africa, is this indeed C. africana?
The animal's notum was 35mm, collected from Seragaki, Okinawa on 18 July, 1992.

Bolland, R.F., 1999 (Jul 19) Chromodoris cf. africana from Okinawa?. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Bob,
I have posted a page on Chromodoris africana so you can compare the differences. You will also see some other animals (C. cf. africana) from Western Australia which may be the same as yours but have anatomical differences to C. africana.

I think we can say the jury is still out on this group of chromodorids. I'll post pictures of two other western Indian Ocean species, C. quadricolor and C. hamiltoni when I get a chance.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 1999 (Jul 19). Comment on Chromodoris cf. africana from Okinawa? by Bob Bolland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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