Chromodoris kuniei Pruvot-Fol, 1930 (39mm)
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK
Opisthobranch of the Week Data
Frequency on Okinawa:
- Order: NUDIBRANCHIA
- Suborder: Doridina
- Family: Chromodorididae
[brackets indicate range for all Okinawa-collected specimens of the species]
- Individual Collection No: RFB #2260-B
- Location: Seragaki (26o 30.4'N, 127o 52.6'E) [Horseshoe
- Date: 25 August, 1989 [15 May, 1991]
- Depth: 170ft (51.8m) [80ft, 170ft]
- Water temperature at collection depth: 79.7oF (26.5oC)
- Size: TL 39mm [39mm, 57mm]
- Specimen deposited: Photo only.
Although I've collected only two specimens, Chromodoris kuniei is considered to be uncommon, in lieu of being rare or very rare; by way of explanation, I've photographed 19 separate individuals (photographed at depths between 75 and 200ft) and have seen perhaps several dozen more individuals over a good many years of diving here.
This attractive dorid is immediately identified by its yellowish body and dark spots surrounded by brightly pigmented purple emarginations. The animal is typically found on the deep reef forefront.
Copyright © 1999 Robert F. Bolland
Digitally manipulated photo