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.
Lat: 7.16, Long: 125.78
Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 31, 2012
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