Chromodoris annulata from United Arab Emirates

June 6, 2002
From: Melinda Barry


We found this nudibranch in quite shallow water (just snorkelling), rocky, off the coast of Fujeirah, United Arab Emirates, in Feb 2001.

I haven't seen it on any of the nudibranch websites I have checked so far and would like to know what type it is.
Melinda Barry

barrycm@emirates.net.ae

Barry, M., 2002 (Jun 6) Chromodoris annulata from United Arab Emirates. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/7162

Dear Melinda,
This is a colour form of Chromodoris annulata apparently found only in a small part of the northern Indian Ocean. If you look at other messages and photos on this page you will see that in most of the Indian Ocean C. annulata has two purple rings on its back. However if you look at the other messages on this page you will see that specimens from the Persian Gulf also have a single median line connecting the two rings to each other.

It is certainly an interesting geographic variation. It would be interesting to know if the form without the connecting line is also found there as well.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2002 (Jun 6). Comment on Chromodoris annulata from United Arab Emirates by Melinda Barry. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/7162

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