October 3, 2005
From: Paul Osmond
These three tiny specimens of Chromodoris thompsoni were found on the edge of the open cavern at the 'Spider Cave' dive site in Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia. The blue blotches and the red spots are pretty distinctive.
Locality: Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia.Depth: 30 m. Length: 10 mm. 21 August 2005. Rock Wall. Photographer: Paul Osmond
I am guessing that this is the sponge species mentioned in other messages that they are known to eat.
firstname.lastname@example.orgOsmond, P.T., 2005 (Oct 3) Chromodoris thompsoni from Jervis Bay, NSW. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/14902
Thanks for this photo. Although I have recorded this species a number of times on theis speonge, Chelonaplysilla violacea, I haven't got a good photo of it on it as a record. This species can be mistaken for Chromodoris woodwardae, which looks quite like this in one of its colour variants, but in that species the red spot is usually surrounde by a bluish ring while in C. thompsoni the red spot is inevitably placed off-centre in the bluish background spot.
Chromodoris thompsoni from New South Wales
From: Stuart Hutchison, March 15, 2002
Chromodoris thompsoni at Shark Point
From: Donata P. & Akos L., October 26, 2000
Chromodoris thompsoni from sthn New South Wales
From: Ron Greer, December 5, 1999