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Family Chromodorididae

The family Chromodorididae is represented by over 360 species in 16 genera. Chromodoridids are widely distributed in tropical and sub-tropical oceans. They range in size from a few mms to giants of 30 cms. All chromodoridids feed on sponges.


Ceratosoma tenue Many-lobed ceratosoma

Ceratosoma tenue Many-lobed ceratosoma, Rao Island, Morotai P7131309

Ceratosoma tenue Many-lobed ceratosoma, Rao Island, Morotai P7131309


Ceratosoma amoena Clown nudibranch

Ceratosoma amoena, Poor Knights, New Zealand IMG_9117

Ceratosoma amoena Clown nudibranch, Poor Knights, New Zealand IMG_9117


Chromodoris annae Anna's Chromodoris

Chromodoris annae Anna's Chromodoris, Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_4795

Chromodoris annae Anna's Chromodoris, Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_4795

Chromodoris annae Anna's Chromodoris

Chromodoris annae Anna's Chromodoris

Chromodoris annae Raja Ampat, West Papua Mike Agnew photo IMG_2434

Chromodoris annae Raja Ampat, West Papua photo by Mike Agnew IMG_2434

Chromodoris annae Raja Ampat, West Papua  IMG_3483

Chromodoris annae Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_3483


Chromodoris coi Coi's Chromodoris

Chromodoris coi Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_2769

Chromodoris coi Coi's Chromodoris, Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_2769

Chromodoris coi, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat IMG_7399

Chromodoris coi, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat IMG_7399

Chromodoris coi, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat IMG_7398

Chromodoris coi, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat IMG_7398


Chromodoris dianae Diana's Chromodoris

Chromodoris dianae Diana's Chromodoris Raja Ampat IMG_9428

Chromodoris dianae Diana's Chromodoris Raja Ampat IMG_9428

Chromodoris dianae Diana's chromodoris, Rao Island, Morotai, Indonesia 5P7A7468

Chromodoris dianae Diana's chromodoris, Rao Island, Morotai, Indonesia 5P7A7468


Chromodoris elizabethina Elizabeth's chromodoris

Chromodoris elizabethina, Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_3465

Chromodoris elizabethina Elizabeth's chromodoris, Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_3465

Chromodoris elizabethina Elizabeth's chromodoris

Chromodoris elizabethina Elizabeth's chromodoris Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_3477


Chromodoris hintuanensis Bus stop chromodoris

Chromodoris hintuanensis Bus stop chromodoris Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_8140

Chromodoris hintuanensis Bus stop chromodoris, Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_8140

Chromodoris hintuanensis, Lembeh Straits IMG_6438

Chromodoris hintuanensis, Lembeh Straits IMG_6438


Chromodoris kuniei Kuni's chromodoris

Chromodoris kunei, Kadavu, Fiji

Chromodoris kuniei Kuni's chromodoris, Kadavu, Fiji

Chromodoris kuniei, Kadavu Fiji  IMG_3452

Chromodoris kuniei, Kadavu Fiji IMG_3452

Video of Chromodoris kunei.

 


Chromodoris lochi Loch's chromodoris

Chromodoris lochi, Taveuni, Fiji-7413

Chromodoris lochi Loch's chromodoris, Taveuni, Fiji-7413

Chromodoris lochi, Taveuni, Fiji-7405

Chromodoris lochi, Taveuni, Fiji-7405


Chromodoris magnifica Magnificent chromodoris

Chromodoris magnifica Magnificent chromodoris Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_4992

Chromodoris magnifica Magnificent chromodoris Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_4992

Chromodoris magnifica Magnificent chromodoris IMG_7351

Chromodoris magnifica Magnificent chromodoris Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_7351

Chromodoris magnifica Magnificent chromodoris Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_7348

Chromodoris magnifica Magnificent chromodoris Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_7348


Felimida marislae

Chromodoris marislae Sea of Cortez IMG_2975

Felimida marislaeSea of Cortez IMG_2975


Felimida norrisi Norris's Felimeda

Felimida norrisi Sea of Cortez IMG_2743

Felimida norrisi Norris's Felimeda Sea of Cortez IMG_2743

Felimeda norrisi Sea of Cortez IMG_2770

Felimeda norrisi Sea of Cortez IMG_2770


Goniobranchus geometricus Geometric goniobranchus

Goniobranchus geometricus, Taveuni IMG_9748

Goniobranchus geometricus Geometric goniobranchus. Taveuni IMG_9748

Chromodoris geometrica, Kri Eco jetty, Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_2893

Chromodoris geometrica Geometric chromodoris, Kri Eco jetty, Raja Ampat, West Papua IMG_2893

Goniobranchus geometricus,(Chromodoridae) Magic Bay Rao, Morotai 5P7A7388

Goniobranchus geometricus, Magic Bay Rao, Morotai 5P7A7388


Goniobranchus reticulatus Reticulated gonobranchus

Felimida marislae

Goniobranchus reticulatus Reticulated gonobranchus, Puerto Galera, Philippines IMG_5748. Formerly Chromodoris reticulata this may be a complex of as many as up to seven species. This beast is renowned for leaving the end of its penis in its mate's vagina - it rips off as it moves away but it (they) grow news ones within 24 hours.

Goniobranchus

Goniobranchus reticulatus Reticulated gonobranchus Raja Ampat IMG_9772

Goniobranchus reticulatus Raja Ampat IMG_9780

Goniobranchus reticulatus Raja Ampat IMG_9780

Goniobranchus reticulatus Reticulated chromodoris Kri Eco, Raja Ampat IMG_8234

Goniobranchus reticulatus Reticulated chromodoris Kri Eco, Raja Ampat IMG_8234


Hypselodoris agassizii Agassiz's nudibranch

Hypselodoris agassizii, Agassiz's nudibranch, Sea of Cortez IMG_6314

Hypselodoris agassizii Agassiz's nudibranch, Sea of Cortez IMG_6314. Is this crazy or what?

Hypselodoris agassizii, Agassiz's nudibranch, Sea of Cortez IMG_2786

Hypselodoris agassizii Agassiz's nudibranch, Sea of Cortez IMG_2786

Hypselodoris agassizii, Agassiz's nudibranch, Sea of Cortez IMG_6147

Hypselodoris agassizii Agassiz's nudibranch, Sea of Cortez IMG_6147


Hypselodoris apolegma Purple seaslug

Hypselodoris apolegma, Rao Island, Morotai 5P7A7047

Hypselodoris apolegma Purple seaslug, Rao Island, Morotai 5P7A7047


Hypselodoris bullockii Bullock's hypselodoris

Hypselodoris bullockii  with eggs Puerto Galera, Philippines

Hypselodoris bullockii Bullock's hypselodoris with eggs Puerto Galera, Philippines


Hypselodoris ghiselini Ghiselin's hypselodoris

Hypselodoris ghiselini Loreto IMG_2167

Hypselodoris ghiselini Ghiselin's hypselodoris Loreto IMG_2167. Another stunning beastie!

Hypselodoris ghiselini, Ghiselen's chromodorid, Sea of Cortez IMG_6037

Hypselodoris ghiselini, Ghiselin's chromodorid, Sea of Cortez IMG_6037


Hypselodoris tryoni Tryon's hypselodoris

Risbecia tryoni, Lembeh Straits IMG_6836

Hypselodoris tryoni Tryon's hypselodoris, Lembeh Straits IMG_6836

This species often exhibits tracking behavior in which one individual will closely follow the one in front, sometimes actually placing its head on the tail of the leader. You can see that behavior below.

 


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