Chromodoris elisabethina - feeding

January 28, 2004
From: Gary Cobb

Hi Bill,
After reading about C. willani feeding I remembered a photo I took while at Hideaway Island in Vanuatu. It clearly shows C. willani and C.elisabethina feeding.
Gary Cobb

Cobb, G., 2004 (Jan 28) Chromodoris elisabethina - feeding. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Gary,
I could be wrong, but I suspect all these slugs are Chromodoris elisabethina. If you look at other photos on this page you will see that this species ranges in colour from the spectacular blue and orange form to a quite dull colour form in which the colour looks very 'faded'.

Hopefully the sponge should be identifiable. Just as a general remark for contributors looking for sponge photos to send, the ideal set of photos for identifying sponges should include one showing the whole sponge colony, as here, and a closeup to show surface texture. Ideally we also need a sample of the sponge colony as well but that is usually not practical, unless the collector is part of an institutionally supported expedition.
Thanks again,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2004 (Jan 28). Comment on Chromodoris elisabethina - feeding by Gary Cobb. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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