Chromodoris pruna

Gosliner, 1994

Chromodoris pruna
Photographed by: Orietta Rivolta

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

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #40061
This is a such a small species of chromodorid (maximum adult size 6 mm) that it could easily be mistaken as the juvenile of some other species. Its characteristic features are its translucent white mantle, large star-like opaque white mantle glands radiating inwards, series of orange stops and dashes around the mantle border, irregular dark brownish purple (plum coloured) spots on the mantle, and orange rhinophores and gills with white speckles and white tips. The specific name pruna, refers to the dark purple (plum coloured) spots on the mantle. Previously this species was only known from South Africa and Madagascar, so this photo represents a new record for Kenya.

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Pictures of Chromodoris pruna

Chromodoris pruna from Kilifi Creek, KenyaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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