Chromodoris africana feeding

October 3, 2005
From: Lindsay Warren

Dear Bill

I have been meaning to send these photos to you for some time to add to your list of feeding preferences for different species. I'm afraid I'm not able to identify the species of sponges but hope you or one of the sponge fundis might be able to shed some light.

This one is of a Chromodoris africana I photographed off Tany Kely, NW Madagascar. Not a particularly good shot as the opistho was tucked away in a very tight / awkward spot on the reef.

Locality: 'Gorgonian Valley', Tany Kely, NW Madagascar, Indian Ocean. Depth: 38 ft. Length: 40 mm. 25 January 2002. Steep drop-off around small island, varied benthic life. Photographer: Lindsay Warren

Many thanks as ever for all your work on the Forum!

All the best

Warren, L.C.R., 2005 (Oct 3) Chromodoris africana feeding. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Lindsay,
It's a while since I have heard 'fundi'  - the Swahili word for expert. It brings back memories of 6 years working in Tanzania. Thanks for this photo. About a month ago I decided to stop adding new records to the manuscript I have in the final stages, but I am making an exception for this observation as it fits into a nice pattern. I am 99% sure of the identity of the sponge but will check with my sponge fundi. This is the first record we have of C. africana feeding so its a very pleasing addition.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Oct 3). Comment on Chromodoris africana feeding by Lindsay Warren. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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