Chromodoris from the Philippines

July 2, 2001
From: Erwin Koehler

Dear Bill,
Here is the next one from the Philippines,
Cebu Island, Moalboal, divesite "Tongo", depth 20 m, length 17 mm, June 02, 2001.

Koehler, E., 2001 (Jul 2) Chromodoris from the Philippines. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Erwin,
This is an interesting little animal. It looks exactly like the background colour of Chromodoris hintuanensis. All it needs are a few white spots ringed in purple and some purple edging on the rhinophores. Since we know very little about the colour variation of that recently described species, and nothing at all about the anatomy of your animal I think I'll be cautious and call it Chromodoris cf. hintuanensis.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the use of cf it is just a shorthand way of saying that this animal 'looks like' C. hintuanensis but I have no idea if they are related or not. It is just an easier way of temporarily tagging unknown species than calling them sp. 1, sp. 2. and never being able to remember which number you gave to the red-spotted one, the green striped one etc,

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Jul 2). Comment on Chromodoris from the Philippines by Erwin Koehler. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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