Chromodoris sp e235

This small undescribed species of Chromodoris is somewhat rare in the Marshalls. We have seen about a dozen specimens, all of them while night diving on lagoon pinnacles or on Kwajalein's seaward reef. We think the same species lives in Hawaii, although Hawaiian specimens are nearly all white with little of the light orange tint and orange speckles seen in the first couple of photos below. This species produces the flat egg masses of Chromodoris rather than flowery ones with extra-capsular yolk as in Goniobranchus.

The more recent Kwajalein specimen directly below more close resembles the Hawaiian one figured at the bottom of this page.

Another was found at night on the western Kwajalein Atoll seaward reef on 30 December 2016.

Created 16 December 2005
Updated 23 March 2017

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