Chromodoris vibrata
(Pease, 1860)

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


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.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2001 (January 8) Chromodoris vibrata (Pease, 1860). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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