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Chromodorid Nudibranch

Chromodoris cf. strigata

Description:

A dorid nudibranch with a dark orange marginal band, rhinophores and gills. There is a white submarginal band, and black and yellow longitudinal lines on the dorsum. The foot displays the same color pattern. The gills also have white lines. This species may still be undescribed, but it displays the features of C. strigata (because of the translucent black blotches) and C. colemani (because of the orange bands).

Notes:

Spotted this beautiful, vibrantly colorful nudibranch in about 7m of water at the Coral Gardens dive site, Talikud Island. In the video, you'll see it bobbing its head -- that's because it was struggling against a strong surge.

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9 Comments

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 8 years ago

I think Nudibranches are my favorite sea creatures. I like colorful shrimp, squid, and octopus also. I saw a fantastic series on TV about squid in the New Zealand area.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Wonderful spotting and video!

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

My pleasure, nexttogone. Glad you liked it.

nexttogone
nexttogone 8 years ago

That is an amazing series, Blogie. Thank you ")

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, Alice & Fyn.K!

They move like snails. In fact, nudibranchs (sea slugs) are in the same order as snails. They have evolved out of their shells, so to speak, and have come to use vivid colors and toxins as a way to protect themselves.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Very Very Very Cool!!!!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Do they actually have any legs, or move more like a snail? vivid pictures!

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, Argy! :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Beautiful creature Blogie. Nice clip too.

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Sep 16, 2012
Submitted on Sep 17, 2012

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