Chromodoris burni
Rudman, 1982

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


North Queensland, Australia


Broadhurst Reef, off Townsville, Qld, Australia. AM C102294 (5mm long preserved). [Fig 1F, Rudman, 1982] Photo: I. Loch

The mantle is elongate oval with the edges held close to the sides of the body. It is white with a pattern of thin black lines running longitudinally. The lines external to the gills and rhinophores run completely around the mantle parallel to the edge. There is a band of orange at the mantle edge and inside this is a broad band of white. The rhinophore pocket is white with an orange border. The rhinophore stalk is white and the club orange. The gills are arranged in a horseshoe open posteriorly. They are simple and in the specimens examined arranged number six or seven. The gills are white with orange edges and on the inside of the basal half of each gill there is a black double line. In some specimens the whole of the distal half of each gill is orange. The side of the body is white with thin black lines. The edge of the foot is orange, the colour being most intense posteriorly.

• Rudman, W.B. (1982) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris quadricolor, C. lineolata and Hypselodoris nigrolineata colour groups. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 76: 183-241.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2003 (October 20) Chromodoris burni Rudman, 1982. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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Chromodoris burni found at Flinders Reef

October 22, 2003
From: Gary Cobb

Hi Bill!
I found this animal on Flinders Reef, north of Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia, 16m depth 20mm long. I think it is Chromodoris burni according to Coleman's book.

Cobb, G., 2003 (Oct 22) Chromodoris burni found at Flinders Reef. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Gary,
This is certainly Chromodoris burni, which is quite a nice find as we have very few records of this species other than the few from the Great Barrier Reef I recorded in the original description. It ceratinly has similarities to Chromodoris striatella but the orange edged white gills with a black line up the inner edge, is very characteristic of this species and quite different from C. striatella. It would be great to know what its egg ribbon looked like
Best wishes
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2003 (Oct 22). Comment on Chromodoris burni found at Flinders Reef by Gary Cobb. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from