Chromodoris cf. decora
North Obhur, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, approx 10mm long, 10 metres depth. Photo: Gordon T. Smith.
See Gordon Smith's message below.Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (April 29) Chromodoris cf. decora [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/chrocfdeco
May 3, 2001
From: Bill Rudman
I should have mentioned in Gordon Smith's message that Nathalie Yonow (1989, Pl.4) published a photo of an animal almost identical in colour pattern to his. Both Nathalie's and Gordon's specimens were from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. At my suggestion she identified it in her publication as Chromodoris cf. decora. Perhaps this is a colour form endemic to the Red Sea.
• Yonow, N. (1989) Red Sea Opisthobranchia 2: The Family Chromdorididae (Mollusca, Nudibranchia). Fauna of Saudi Arabia, 10: 290-309.
Bill RudmanRudman, W.B., 2001 (May 3) Re: Chromodoris cf. decora from Saudi Arabia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4289
May 2, 2001
From: Gordon T. Smith
I believe this to be a Hypselodoris, but not sure which one. About 10mm long at 10 metres depth, North Obhur, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
email@example.comSmith, G.T., 2001 (May 2) Chromodoris cf. decora from Saudi Arabia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3668
I am pretty sure this is a colour form of Chromodoris decora but I would need some specimens and some intermediate colour forms to be sure. The translucent gills and rhinophores and the broad translucent orange mantle border are characteristic of Chromodoris decora and some colour forms have scattered purple spots and irregular white lines. Because I am not totally sure of its identity I am calling it Chromodoris cf. decora.