Chromodoris elisabethina

Bergh, 1877

Chromodoris elisabethina
Photographed by: Ken Tucker

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Doridina
Family:Chromodorididae
Species:Chromodoris elisabethina

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #13639
The extra black lines and the slight 'shading' in the middle of the back are a good clue.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #6522
Surely this is elisabethina, with the distinctive dark smudge centrally.

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #18268
Very typical of specimens from the nearby Marshall Islands, with the rather pale orange margin.

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #16723
Kosrae lies between the Marshall Islands and Pohnpei, and this is one of the more common chromodorids in both of those areas.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #12185
An atypical individual that has additional black streaks between the 3 major black lines and the white submarginal band is scalloped laterally into the golden marginal band.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #14652
A very small juvenile individual.

Locality:

 

Pictures of Chromodoris elisabethina

Chromodoris elisabethina from Malapascua, Philippines
Posted 7 years ago
Viewed 860 times
 
 

Similar Species

Author: Nila Murti

Both have elongated bodyform, both have yellowish or orange-ish gills and rhinophones, both have similar mantle colouration and colour variation - pale to bright blue in the middle with black elongated lines bordering the blue area, and faded to bright orange mantle margin.

Chromodoris elisabethina normally has more elongated black lines in the blue area, sometimes a median line, often some broken shorter lines.

Chromodoris annae usually has no or less black lines, but some have been found to have multi black lines like Chromodoris elisabethina.

So what's the telltale difference? Apparently it's the uniformity of the blue colour. If it's smooth and uniformly coloured then it's Chromodoris elisabethina, while if the blue area has tiny dark speckles hence not uniform (zoom your photos to see it!) then it's Chromodoris annae.

Chromodoris annae from Anilao, Philippines
(457 photos)
 
« Chromodoris dianae | Other species from Malapascua, Philippines | Chromodoris fidelis »