Thorunna daniellae

(Kay & Young, 1969)

Thorunna daniellae
Photographed by: Erwin Kodiat

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

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #8287
This individual has just finished laying its eggs mass

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #6945
This is an exceptionally atypical individual. Thorunna daniellae normally has a thin unbroken purple submarginal line, but in this individual it is represented by a series of very large purple spots connected by a rather wide violet-blue line. Some individuals with this pattern of spots/dashes instead of a line are already known (e.g., Bertsch & Johnson 1981: 109), but nowhere near as dark as this individual. Fortunately for identification, the semi-transparent uniformly pink mantle abs red rhinophores and gills of this specimen are characteristic of Thorunna daniellae. This photo represents the first record of this species from Malaysia.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #4136
A juvenile individual.

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #3975
An individual photographed with its buccal mass everted in the process of feeding

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #1644
This is an interesting, and - if I interpret it correctly – most unusual, individual in which the purple submarginal band has a red mid-central section. Nobody has ever reported this colour variation previously.

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Pictures of Thorunna daniellae

Thorunna daniellae from Raiatea, French Polynesia
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