Mantle flaring in Chromodorididae

June 15, 2000
From: Ray Izumi

Dear Bill,

I have often observed Chromodoris coi and Chromodoris kuniei travelling along the substrate, periodically flaring out their mantle, raising it above the body. Is there an explanation for this odd behavior?

Ray Izumi

izumirm@sprynet.com

Izumi, R., 2000 (Jun 15) Mantle flaring in Chromodorididae. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2566

Dear Ray,
Both these species 'flare' or 'flap' there mantle. Have a look at the page I have prepared on 'Mantle-flapping' in response to your question. I'm afraid I can't say why they do it, but any behavioural observations are welcome.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Jun 15). Comment on Mantle flaring in Chromodorididae by Ray Izumi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/2566

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