Chromodoris annulata ? from Bahrain

December 16, 2005
From: Michael Arora

Hi all
Great website very useful. I've come across these beasts many times in Bahrain (Persian Gulf) typically amongst dead coral structrues.

Locality: Bahrain, Persian Gulf, dead coral reef. Depth: 2 m - 5 m, Length: 40 mm. October 2005. Shallow. Photographer: Mike Arora

I would be grateful if somebody could identify them (see photos attached for three? different species). On the lower photo please note the link between the two rings.

Thanks
Mike

michael@phegulf.com.bh

Arora, M.K, 2005 (Dec 16) Chromodoris annulata ? from Bahrain. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15481

Dear Mike,
The yellow spotted animals are both Chromodoris annulata. It is very interesting to see another specimen with the purple link between the two purple rings. The only region this colour form has been reported from is the Persian Gulf. If you look through the attached messages for this species you will see other examples of this peculiar form. It is certainly interesting that it has such a restricted geographic range.

I really am not sure about the black spotted animal in the upper photo. It looks a bit like Phyllidia scottjohnsoni but I can't see enough in the photo. If it is that species it would be interesting because that is only known from the western Pacific at present.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Dec 16). Comment on Chromodoris annulata ? from Bahrain by Michael Arora. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15481

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