Hawaii and tropical north Pacific.
Hawaii. Upper photo showing two animals feeding on bluish-purple encrusting sponge [see inset]. Note large white patch where overlying sponge has been removed from white substrate. In lower photo note ramifying mantle glands around mantle edge. PHOTOS: Scott Johnson
Named because of its vibrating gills which rhythmically wave much like species of Thorunna, this species has very restricted distribution, known only in Hawaii except for Scott Johnson's report below of juveniles from the Marshall Ids, and Bob Bolland's photo from Okinawa.
Pease, W.H. (1860) Descriptions of new species of mollusca from the Sandwich Islands. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 28: 18-36.
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (January 8) Chromodoris vibrata (Pease, 1860). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/chrovibr
Original illustration of Doris vibrata Pease 1860
From: Bill Rudman, March 7, 2005
Species with purple under anterior margin
From: Scott Johnson, March 29, 2003
Re: Chromodoris vibrata? from Hachijo Island , Japan
From: Scott Johnson, November 21, 2001
Chromodoris vibrata? from Hachijo Island , Japan
From: Nishina Masayoshi, November 10, 2001
Chromodoris vibrata from Okinawa
From: Bob Bolland, January 13, 2001
Chromodoris vibrata from Hawaii
From: Scott Johnson, January 11, 2001