Chromodoris leopardus - feeding

April 30, 2007
From: Edward Dixon

Hello Bill.
As promised, here are two pics of the Chromodoris leopardus on the blue sponge. (I went through my negs and found a decent second shot).
I took these at Hukurila Caves, Maluku, Ambon, Indonesia about 8 a.m. on October 21, 2006.
Best regards,
Ed Dixon

Dixon, E.F., 2007 (Apr 30) Chromodoris leopardus - feeding. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Ed,
Thanks very much for these photos. I noticed one of these photos when I was scanning through some of your photosets on the web  Even as I thumbnail photo I thought I recognised it as C. leopardus on the dark purple sponge Chelonaplysilla violacea and your photos confirm this. This is an interesting find as it is a species I suspected ate this sponge but until now I had no convincing evidence. [ ].

C. leopardus is one of a group of species which have a dark purple patch covering the underside of the anterior mantle. Interestingly, all the species with this patch for which we have feeding information feed on this same dark purple sponge.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Apr 30). Comment on Chromodoris leopardus - feeding by Edward Dixon. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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