Chromodoris cf. hintuanensis
Moalboal, Cebu Island, Philippines. Divesite "Tongo", depth 20 m, length 17 mm, June 02, 2001. Photos: Erwin Koehler
This animal looks exactly like the background colour of Chromodoris hintuanensis. All it needs are a few white spots ringed in purple and some purple edging on the rhinophores. Since we know very little about the colour variation of that recently described species, and nothing at all about the anatomy of this animal I have temporarily called it Chromodoris cf. hintuanensis.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the use of cf, it is just a shorthand way of saying that this animal 'looks like' C. hintuanensis but I have no idea if they are related or not. It is just an easier way of temporarily tagging unknown species than calling them sp. 1, sp. 2. and never being able to remember which number you gave to the red-spotted one, the green striped one etc,Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (June 27) Chromodoris cf. hintuanensis [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/chrocfhint