Chromodoris albonares
Rudman, 1990

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Known from northern New South Wales and New Caledonia. Also reported in Forum from American Samoa.


Whole animal from N.W. Solitary Id, Coffs Harbour, nthn New South Wales (9mm long), and head of specimen from Koumac, New Caledonia, showing large rhinophore clubs.
Photo: Bill Rudman.

A relatively small species of Chromodoris growing to about 15mm in length. The mantle and body have an opaque white background colour with a uniformly coloured yellowish orange border. the gills and rhinophores are translucent white with opaque white edging to the gills and rhinophore lamellae. The rhinophore clubs are relatively large for the size of the species and with their bright white edging, are a very noticeable part of the animal's shape. It is the reason I named this species albonares which means 'big nose' a reference to the 'smelling' function the rhinophores perform.

• Rudman, W.B. (1990) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: further species of Glossodoris, Thorunna and the Chromodoris aureomarginata colour group. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 100(3): 263-326.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 1998 (January 7) Chromodoris albonares Rudman, 1990. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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