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Kuni's Nudibranch

Goniobranchus kuniei


Formerly referred to as Chromodoris kuniei, this nudibranch may be mistaken for Chromodoris leopardus, Goniobranchus geminus, or Hypselodoris tryoni. C. leopardus has hollow spots (much like a leopard's), and G. geminus has distinctly colored bands around its mantle. H. tryoni is more elongated while this species is more oval. Kuni's nudibranch feeds on hydroids, coral, sponges and sea anemones, and grow to about 5cm in length.


Found singly or in pairs in coral and rocky reefs among sand and rubble areas, at depths of 10 to 30m. Widespread in the Indo-West Pacific.


Spotted this very colorful nudibranch among dead coral and rubble in about 27m of water at the Big Ligid dive site, north of Samal Island, Philippines. It measured 5cm long.

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43 Comments (1–25)

CostaBoyJack 8 years ago

i would be really surprised if it wasn't in the other category

MrJohn 8 years ago

Amazing color.

Blogie 9 years ago

I'm happy to share my photos here. Glad you enjoy them! :)

Blogie 9 years ago

I am happy to share my photos! Glad you enjoy them. :)

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 9 years ago

So beautiful, unique and just amazing! I don't have an sea spots and enjoy yours very much!

Blogie 9 years ago

I can't thank you enough, guys, for your words of encouragement! :)

williefromwi 9 years ago

Congrats on your spotting of the day award, Blogie

patty 9 years ago

Beautiful spotting Blogie! Congratulations! =)

Blogie 9 years ago

Thank you, Yuriana, matimar1, Meghan and Luis! I'm really happy for the SOTD because this nudibranch is truly beautiful. :)

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Congrats Blogie, very well deserved SOTD.

Meghan P.
Meghan P. 9 years ago

Fascinating! Nice work!

YurianaMartínez 9 years ago

what a beautifull creature, great spottings friend!!

Blogie 9 years ago

@amrit - I go scuba diving for various reasons, but whenever I dive I'm always on the lookout for nudibranchs. This one was very difficult not to see because of its vibrant colors! And it helped that the sponge it was perched on gave it a good contrast.

Thanks again, guys! It's very heart-warming to receive your comments. :)

amrit 9 years ago

cool how did you find it

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Wonderful series, Congratulations !!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congrats, Blogie.

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

Congratulations !

Blogie 9 years ago

@ArvinMemaphu - Maraming salamat, kabayan!

Thanks to Cecilia J and Reza H and everyone who's favorited this spot! :)

Gorgeous Spot, Congratulations !

ArvinMemaphu 9 years ago

wow! gorgeous! great series + video
luper mo sir!

BethAngermeier 9 years ago

Stunning capture! Congratulations and well-deserved, Blogie :)

Blogie 9 years ago

@ArgyBee - That's what caught my attention, the neon margin. And this looked much, much prettier in person! I only wish I had better photography skills, and better equipment...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fantastic work as usual Blogie. Well deserved. Love the neon margin.

Blogie 9 years ago

Thanks for your greetings, guys! I really appreciate it. :)

surekha 9 years ago

Such a beautiful spotting, Blogie! Congratulations!

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Davao del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 31, 2012

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