Chromodoris fidelis

(Kelaart, 1858)

Chromodoris fidelis
Photographed by: Daniela Wolf

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

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #29636
With the dark rhinophores and gills, I suspect this is a young Chromodoris fidelis.

Comment from Nathalie Yonow on photo #16063
yes, showing one of the colour variations where the purple inner colours are broken up.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #436
Most times it is easy to separate and identify Chromodoris fidelis and Chromodoris rubrocornuta. Adult Chromodoris fidelis has coloured lobes or ‘tongues’ that extend well across the mantle and black rhinophores and gills. Adult Chromodoris rubrocornuta has no coloured lobes or only hints of lobes and red or purplish rhinophores and gills. So the individual in this photo must be a juvenile Chromodoris fidelis because of its black rhinophores and gills, but in this small individual the coloured lobes have not yet developed inward from the submarginal bands.

A very atypical individual that lacks the wavy pattern normally characteristic of this species.

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Pictures of Chromodoris fidelis

Chromodoris fidelis from Phuket, ThailandIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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