This species has been observed on Reunion Island
Order : Nudibranchia
Suborder : Euctenidiacea
Superfamily : Doridoidea
Family : Chromodorididae
Distribution : Westren Pacific and Reunion Island
Maximal size : 15 mm
Abundance : Seldom if ever on the reef
Species characteristics :
The rhinophores and gills are reddish
It has a broad yellowish orange to
darker apricot-red marginal band then a red or pink to purple band which broadens then narrows along its inner edge to give a red pink to purple scalloped pattern. Inside that again is a narrow, opaque white line.
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Photo Kevin Bourdon
Reunion, Cap la Houssaye, 10 m, 26 June 2013, size : 3 mm
See more about : Sightening and mating periods
Identification proposed by Nathalie Yonow and Garry Cobb (who considered that it's a juvenile form...)
Synonymous : (according Worms)
- Chromodoris rubrocornuta, Rudman, 1985
Bibliographic data :
This is one of the many species of Chromodorids which are white with either red, yellow or orange mantle borders, or a combination of two or three bands...
Some specimens lack any red or pink to purple spots/streaks on the inner side of the orange marginal band.
Some specimens with white rhinophoral lamellae
Its name is derived from its red rhinophores
Bill Rudman Seaslug site : Sea Slug Forum : Chromodoris rubrocornuta
Nudipixel Goniobranchus rubrocornutus
Johnson R.F. & Gosliner T.M. (2012) Traditional taxonomic groupings mask evolutionary history: A molecular phylogeny and new classification of the chromodorid nudibranchs. PLoS ONE 7(4): e33479
Rudman, W.B. (1985) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris aureomarginata, C. verrieri and C. fidelis colour groups. Zoological Journal fo the Linnean Society, 83 : 241-299.
Rudman, W.B. & Darvell, B.W. (1990) Opisthobranch molluscs of Hong Kong. Part 1. Goniodorididae, Onchidorididae, Triophidae, Gymnodorididae, Chromodorididae, (Nudibranchia). Asian Marine Biology, 7 : 31-79
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