Chromodoris albopunctata
(Garrett, 1879)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Indo-West Ppacific


UPPER: W side Bongoyo Is, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, June 1 1976. MIDDLE: 6km N of Kunduchi Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 6 February 1974. On sponge covered rock. LOWER: SE Orpheus Is, North Queensland, Australia, April 1985. PHOTOS: Bill Rudman.

Considerable variation in mantle colour from red to yellow, but in all cases there is a pattern of white spots and and rings and a pale blue border. In all specimens the ubderside of the mantle and all the body and foot are bright yellow. Grows to 3cm or more.

• Garrett, A. (1879). Description of a new species of Goniobranchus. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, (1879): 31.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (February 25) Chromodoris albopunctata (Garrett, 1879). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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Chromodoris albopunctata from South Africa

October 21, 2005
From: Valda Fraser

Dear Bill
I would like you to confirm that this is Chromodoris albopunctata.

Locality: Pumula, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Indian Ocean coast. Depth: 28 m. Length: 35 mm. June 2004. Rocky reef. Photographer: Valda Fraser


Fraser, V.J, 2005 (Oct 21) Chromodoris albopunctata from South Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Valda,
Yes this is C. albopunctata. The bright yellow underside is a good character of this species.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Oct 21). Comment on Chromodoris albopunctata from South Africa by Valda Fraser. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Chromodoris albopunctata from SE Sulawesi

March 1, 2000
From: Lindsay Warren

Dear Bill
Another specimen which was found by Dean Lea at 7am on 31 July 1999 at a depth of 8 m moving over algae on a vertical piece of dead table coral on Pulau Kaledupa [Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia - Operation Wallacea]. Size: 4 mm. When stationary it tends to become more circular in shape.

The body and foot are yellow with a degree of irregular speckling of orange on the notum. The mantle edge is lilac followed by a band of blue with red spots which then gives way to yellow. There are five branches to the
branchial plume which is clear with dark orange / red central line. The rhinophores are lamellate retractile with translucent yellow base becoming orange towards the tip and a white line running down the front and back. Photo: Lindsay Warren.

Have you come across this chap before?
All the best
Lindsay Warren

Warren, L., 2000 (Mar 1) Chromodoris albopunctata from SE Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Lindsay,
By coincidence your photo arrived when I was preparing a page for the very species - Chromodoris albopunctata. If you look at Scott Johnson's message he has a photo of an identical coloured juvenile (e039-3) from the Marshall Islands.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Mar 1). Comment on Chromodoris albopunctata from SE Sulawesi by Lindsay Warren. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Variation in Chromodoris albopunctata

February 26, 2000
From: Scott Johnson

Hi Bill,

Attached also are some photos of Chromodoris albopunctata, which is one of my favorite species. E039-3 shows juvenile coloration, which is similar to the species Chromodoris briqua described from Enewetak by Marcus & Burch (1965). C. briqua had reddish spots on yellow, but the marginal banding and yellow underside and
foot match, and in all my years in the Marshalls, I haven't yet found another Chromodoris with a yellow foot. All of these pictures are of Marshall Islands specimens except for the two from Hawaii labeled h130-1 and h130-3. Interestingly, there is some marginal color variation. In most of the specimens, the margin is light, bright blue or purplish-blue at the very edge, with submarginal bands of dark blue-black and then yellow. In one Hawaiian specimen, h130-1, the outer margin is dark blue while the submarginal bands are light blue and yellow.

•Marcus, E.G. & J.B. Burch. 1965. Marine euthyneuran Gastropoda from Eniwetok Atoll, western Pacific. Malacologia 3(2): 235-262.


Johnson, S., 2000 (Feb 26) Variation in Chromodoris albopunctata. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Scott,
Thanks for another interesting set of photos and information. I agree that the yellow foot of this animal is quite unique among the genus. I used to call it by its east African name Chromodoris sykesi Eliot but the mantle colour variation in specimens in east Africa (which I illustrate at the top of the page) ranged from yellow to the bright red of your central Pacific material.
best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Feb 26). Comment on Variation in Chromodoris albopunctata by Scott Johnson. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from