Chromodoris dianae

Chromodoris dianae

''Chromodoris dianae'' is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.
Chromodoris dianae Diver's Lodge House Reef, Lembeh. I think the white things sticking out of the gills could be part of a copepod parasite, but not sure. Chromodoris dianae,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring

Appearance

''Chromodoris dianae'' can reach a maximum size of 4 cm length.
The body is elongate with a foot which is distinct from the upper body by a skirt like mantle hiding partially the foot.
This species is very similar in appearance to ''Chromodoris lochi'' although it can be distinguished from the latter by the broken black lines, and the sprinkling of white specks on the notum. ''Chromodoris dianae'' has pale-blue gills and rhinophores with distinct yellow-orange tips.
Diana's Chromodoris (Chromodoris dianae) Monument, Lembeh. Night dive. Chromodoris dianae,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring

Distribution

This species is known only from the Philippines, Indonesia and Borneo.Rudman, W.B., 1998 . [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
Chromodoris dianae Nudi's Retreat, Lembeh. Chromodoris dianae,Geotagged,Indonesia,Spring

Habitat

''Chromodoris dianae'', like many other nudibranchs, feeds on sponges.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderNudibranchia
FamilyChromodorididae
GenusChromodoris
SpeciesC. dianae