UPPER: Twofold Bay, southern New South Wales, March 1986.
LOWER RIGHT: Callala Pt, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, May, 1981.
LOWER LEFT: Quarantine Bch, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, October 1989.
PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.
There are many red and orange-spotted species of chromodorid in New South Wales and southeastern Australia. I have discussed this example of mimicry on a separate page.
• Rudman, W.B. (1983) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris splendida, C. aspersa and Hypselodoris placida colour groups. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 78: 105-173.
• Rudman, W.B. (1991) Purpose in Pattern: the evolution of colour in chromodorid nudibranchs. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 57, (T.E. Thompson Memorial Issue): 5-21.
Rudman, W.B., 1999 (June 3) Chromodoris thompsoni Rudman, 1983. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/chrothom
October 3, 2005
From: Paul Osmond
These three tiny specimens of Chromodoris thompsoni were found on the edge of the open cavern at the 'Spider Cave' dive site in Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia. The blue blotches and the red spots are pretty distinctive.
Locality: Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia.Depth: 30 m. Length: 10 mm. 21 August 2005. Rock Wall. Photographer: Paul Osmond
I am guessing that this is the sponge species mentioned in other messages that they are known to eat.
email@example.comOsmond, P.T., 2005 (Oct 3) Chromodoris thompsoni from Jervis Bay, NSW. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/14902
Thanks for this photo. Although I have recorded this species a number of times on theis speonge, Chelonaplysilla violacea, I haven't got a good photo of it on it as a record. This species can be mistaken for Chromodoris woodwardae, which looks quite like this in one of its colour variants, but in that species the red spot is usually surrounde by a bluish ring while in C. thompsoni the red spot is inevitably placed off-centre in the bluish background spot.
March 15, 2002
From: Stuart Hutchison
Here's Chromodoris thompsoni from Tathra, New South Wales, Australia on 23 Apr 2001. Length 40mm. Depth 8m.
firstname.lastname@example.orgHutchison, S., 2002 (Mar 15) Chromodoris thompsoni from New South Wales. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6301
4 cms is quite large for this species, another red-spotted endemic from southeastern Australia. I have just noticed I haven't any dimensions on my photos, I'd better remedy that tomorrow.
October 26, 2000
From: Donata P. & Akos L.
We think that Chromodoris thompsoni is an easily overlooked species in Sydney owing to its small size perhaps. However, we seem to find them everywhere, from Oak Park to Shark Point quite regularly. I am confident when I say that during every dive we come across several specimens.
Taking a REALLY close look reveals another spectacular species. One of Donata's favourites of course. Location Shark Point, Clovelly around January 1998. [NIKONOS III with a 2:1 xt tube for the extra grunt!]
Akos & Donata
email@example.comPiotrowska, D. & Lumnitzer, A. , 2000 (Oct 26) Chromodoris thompsoni at Shark Point. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3229
Dear Akos & Donata,
Thanks for the welcome photo. It is a beautiful species, and seems to be endemic (found only in one area) to the New South Wales region of southeastern Australia.
December 5, 1999
From: Ron Greer
Here is one that my buddy found under the Tathra wharf, southern New South Wales, 26 Nov 99. It is a beautifully marked animal. Although small, (20mm largest seen) they were found in reasonable numbers on seaweed, open sand and algae encrusted rocks.
Your assistance in identification of this nudibranch would be appreciated also.
I hope this information is of use and await your reply.
firstname.lastname@example.orgGreer, R., 1999 (Dec 5) Chromodoris thompsoni from sthn New South Wales. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1637
This is Chromdoris thompsoni, one of the red-spotted species of chromodorid found only in southeastern Australia. It is often quite common in New South Wales, south of Sydney. Although it appears to be crawling all over the place, it is usually not far from a rather nondescript sponge which is apparently its sole food.