Chromodoris willani Rudman, 1982

This would appear to be Chromodoris willani, a well-known species from the western Pacific (e.g., Philippines, Indonesia, Solomons). This is the first record from the Marshall Islands, and it differs from its more western counterparts primarily in the base orange color of the rhinophores and gills. It would probably need its DNA tested to make certain it is the same species. The single specimen was found relatively deep on the western seaward slope near Kwajalein's "Shark Pit" by Bess Buchanan, and it was photographed by Stan Jazwinski.

Created 20 March 2017

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