Chromodoris kempfi - 'trailing' behaviour

March 6, 2003
From: Andreas Ahrens

Dear Bill,
Larry's message has reminded me of a pair of slugs I photographed last summer, because "my" slugs also showed that "'trailing' behaviour". I took these photos on 21 August, 2002 on the coast of Bonaire (Netherlands Antilles - Carribean, divesite Reef Scientifico) at a depth of about 12 metres.

The species seems to be Chromodoris kempfi. Anne Dupont has already posted a photo showing this species 'trailing' in Florida. So, now we have another record for 'trailing' in this species and also a record from the Netherlands Antilles.


Ahrens, A., 2003 (Mar 6) Chromodoris kempfi - 'trailing' behaviour. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Andreas,
I had forgotten Anne's earlier report of this species trailing. Certainly a fascinating topic for someone to study
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman


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