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Chromodoris magnifica

(Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)


Jonathan Beefshark Sala Chromodoris Magnifica

Ron Silver :-D

Message posted on UWphotographers on 10 Sep 2013
Tan Pee Pheng Chromodoris magnifica Canon Powershot G9 with sea&sea YS 110 f/2.8 1/320s ISO 80 dive site Tanjung Api Tenggol Island Malaysia

Ron Silver :-D

Message posted on UWphotographers on 31 Aug 2013
Thomas Chai Nudibranch (Chromodoris magnifica) D300 with Nauticam housing, 2 Inon strobes 1/200s . f/32.0 . ISO 200 . 105 mm

Thomas Chai Some Critique and Comment is appreciated. Thanks

Thomas Chai Thanks Maris

Aqua Soul Love how you worked with all the "lines" in this photograph!

Thomas Chai Thanks Aqua Soul

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 29 Sep 2011
Amir Abramovich The red hills of Nudiland. Red Sea. Canon S110 AT35strobe. 1/320 f8 ISO80 Enjoy and share my UWP page: www.facebook.com/amirunderwaterphotographypage.

Yutaka Takizawa Nice shot....(^。^)

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 12 Oct 2013
Fabio Strazzi Tulamben, Bali Canon 60d with Macro Canon 100mm

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 27 Sep 2013
Malida Alcazar Red Ribbon - Anilao, Philippines

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Liz Mateo Fury Well done Nudi!

Yutaka Takizawa Very nice shot......(^。^)

Malida Alcazar Thanks Yutaka, Liz, Ron :)

Goh Diving Hope to see this one fine day. Nice shot.

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 29 Jul 2013
Amir Abramovich The red hills of Nudiland. Red Sea. Canon S110 AT35strobe. 1/320 f8 ISO80 Enjoy and share my UWP page: www.facebook.com/amirunderwaterphotographypage.

Chris Jones Hey Amir, are you using the Inon mount system on the S110 ?

Yutaka Takizawa Nice shot.....(^。^)

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Amir Abramovich No chris . I use a +10 diopter with a 67 mm thread to fit the ikelit housing

Michael Geyer Inon or Subsee?

Amir Abramovich Époque .

Message posted on UWphotographers on 12 Oct 2013
Fabio Strazzi Canon 60d with Macro Canon 100mm Nauticam housing and 2x Inon Z240 iso 200, f16, 1/160 At Tulamben, Bali

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Yutaka Takizawa Nice shot....(^。^)

Ernst Andres WOOOW !!! Very nice Fabio ;-)

Message posted on Scubashooters.net on 25 Jun 2013
Ex Liao chromodoris at 50ft in depth Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu, Philippines, 3cm long

Jeff Rosenfeld Chromodoris magnifica (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)

Christopher Thorn Houbihou water outlet, Taiwan. 10 m. 30 mm. C.magnifica?

Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli is it just laying eggs?

Gary Cobb I would say this is Chromodoris elisabethina

Christopher Thorn Thanks Gary. Would you say that any of these are C.magnifica? http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150987137526153&set=o.206426176075326&type=1&theater

Gary Cobb Yes the top two and bottom left look like Chromodoris magnifica

Blogie Robillo Gary Cobb - I thought I read somewhere that C. elisabethina didn't have a white mantle margin? But I could be mistaken...

Christopher Thorn Many thanks for your time Gary, top right from the composite and the nudi in this thread look very similar to me. Can you give any tips on distinguishing between them ?

Blogie Robillo Yes, Gary, do enlighten us! :)

Christopher Thorn please:-)

Gary Cobb Ok here goes...Chromodoris elisabethina generally has black longitudinal lines that are thinner and always on blue and are sometimes broken and are three or more. The body is usually narrow in comparison. C. magnifica has thicker black longitudinal lines that are usually unbroken and almost always number in three and usually on a white background sometimes blue. The body is more stout in the shape of the mantle. Both have white mantle margins and orange to orange-red rhinophores and gills. C. magnifica can have brown coloration in between the black lines while C. elisabethina does not. Both have a foot that matches the mantle.

Gary Cobb Generally speaking Chromodoris magnifica is a larger nudibranch than C. elisabethina

Gary Cobb And from my observation C. elisabethina has 'sharper' edged black longitudinal lines where C. magnifica has black lines that appear almost 'out of focus'.

Gary Cobb C. annae sometimes has no black lines on the always blue mantle that has small 'pits'.

Blogie Robillo Thanks Gary!

Christopher Thorn Yes, much appreciated. I still don't feel particularly confident distinguishing between the two similar looking nudis mentioned above, but you have given me lots to look out for in future! Thank you very much.

Gary Cobb It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between the two and we can only hazard a guess! DNA an ID them more accurately. Only by observing many animals can you begin to see the difference. Glad I can help.

Christopher Thorn Ok, this is a chromodoris sp. but im not sure which. Are they feeding? Sand Island Taiwan. 10m. 40-50mm.

Roy Arthur David Lontoh I would think this is Chromodoris magnifica.....

Gary Cobb These are Chromodoris magnifica (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)

Raphael Wanga Loutoby

Gary Cobb This lil beauty is Chromodoris magnifica (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)

Andre Snoopy Montenegro Dauin Wrecks canon T2i 100mm lens ikelite w/ sea and sea ys-110a

Ken Thongpila Great detail, Nice

Andre Snoopy Montenegro thank you Ken Thongpila

Andre Snoopy Montenegro chromodoris magnifica or strigata?

Deb Aston I think Chromodoris magnifica

João Paulo Cauduro Filho "COLORS, face to face" in Gili Banta - K2 - Indonésia Nikon D300s Sea&Sea Housing 105mm ISO 200 f/29 1/200 seg Strobe: 2 x INON Z-240

Ruver Bandeira Bandeira showwwwwwwwwwwww

Marko Baricevic Ufffff!! Wonderful!

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Giorgio Cavallaro (Y) (Y)

Message posted on UWphotographers on 01 Jul 2013
Nuno Gonçalves

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Message posted on UWphotographers on 24 Jun 2013
Scott White Sth Leyte

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Message posted on NUDIBRANCH LOVERS on 17 Oct 2013
Harald Schottner canon eos 5d, macro 100 L IS, Hugyfot-housing, 2 ikelite subs 160ds, philippines, mindoro or

Roy Arthur David Lontoh Very nice! Is this chromodoris magnifica?

Harald Schottner Hi Roy, thnak you for the complement. I´m not shure. Maybe somebody know´s.

Erwin Koehler Yes, it is!

Message posted on NUDIBRANCH LOVERS on 09 Oct 2011
Amir Abramovich The red hills of Nudiland. Red Sea. Canon S110 AT35strobe. 1/320 f8 ISO80 Enjoy and share my UWP page: www.facebook.com/amirunderwaterphotographypage.

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Annie Bodar sublime merci

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 12 Oct 2013
Nadia Chiesi Komodo 2011 ... , exactly name/type??? Thanks by Nadia

Jim Anderson Chromodoris magnifica

Nadia Chiesi Thanks ! :-)

Nadia Chiesi ;-) Many Thanks !

Message posted on NUDIBRANCH LOVERS on 18 Feb 2012
Malida Alcazar Tangerine - Anilao, Philippines

Marie-therese Bertin que des belles couleurs ,sensationnels !!!

Stuart Pearce Beauty :)

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 01 Nov 2013
Amir Abramovich The red hills of Nudiland. Red Sea. Canon S110 AT35strobe. 1/320 f8 ISO80 Enjoy and share my UWP page: www.facebook.com/amirunderwaterphotographypage.

Tom Hobock Sweet

Ernst Andres YESSSS (Y) Great shot

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Leo Tien Great shot

Stuart Pearce Beauty :)

Amir Abramovich Thanks friends :)

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 12 Oct 2013
Malida Alcazar Nudibranch - Anilao, Philippines

Yutaka Takizawa Very nice shot.....(^。^)

Dennis Corpuz :D (y)

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Malida Alcazar Thanks Ron Silver for ID :)

Malida Alcazar Thanks Yutaka Takizawa, Dennis Corpuz

Bedirnam Yilmaz Muhteşem.. !

Stuart Pearce Beautiful as always :)

Ernst Andres YESSSS....very beautiful :-)

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 25 Sep 2013
Wolfgang Rotschek Chromodoris magnifica? Red Sea, depth approx 10m

Gary Cobb This is Chromodoris africana Eliot, 1904

Wolfgang Rotschek Thanks for the correction. Found the difference now.

Sven Kahlbrock We have three pretty similar in our area, Ch. quadricolor, africana & strigata. always fun to divide.

Erwin Koehler Maybe worth to mention: Ch. quadricolor is a very common species in the Red Sea. I think many IDs of Ch. africana, are doubtful! I remember how often Bill Rudman moved some of my pictures from here to there, until they rest now in the frozen sea slug forum as Chromodoris quadricolor. I don't remember where did I read it, but Nathalie Yonow wrote that Ch. africana has an almost black appearance in the field. Ginoo ko! (Visayan: My GOD!)

Gary Cobb Both species are found in the Red Sea. I have always separated them "visually" by the colouration in between the black stripes. White is C. africana and blue is C. quadricolor. In this case Erwin you might be right because of the wide margin. C. quadricolor generally has a wider margin. Morphologically speaking of course we are simply guessing when species are so close in appearance. We desperately need a small handheld DNA Nudibranch sampling device usable on site!!

Harald Schottner chromodoris magnifica?

Sven Kahlbrock Sollte Chromodoris elizabethina ( Bergh 1877) sein. all over the Indo- West- Pacific

Gary Cobb I agree!

Erwin Koehler the minute dark blue spots on pale blue make it to Chromodoris annae Bergh, 1877

Nathalie Yonow this is Chromodoris annae

Gary Cobb Chromodoris annae for sure. You can see the "pits" in the blue mantle.

Message posted on NUDIBRANCH LOVERS on 26 Jul 2011
Mohamad Izwas Can anyone help me to determine this Chromodoris? There are few similar but not really same with this one. This photo taken using DSLR Nikon D800 with Nikkor 105mm Vr 1/200 sec; f/29; ISO 200 with 2 DS160 Ikelite Substrobe No color adjustment, just crop little bit and write watermark only.

Blogie Robillo I think this might be Chromodoris strigata.

Blogie Robillo Btw Mohamad, in this forum, it is not necessary to include camera settings. What's more important here when asking for ID are location, depth and size of the creature. :)

Mohamad Izwas Ok, Found in Mabul Island Sabah. Size like normal adult chromodoris magnifica. I'm not sure metric measurement.

Bob Whorton It's not 'strigata' that is much more like the common chromodorids and not as chunky in the body, with a broader mantel.

Bob Whorton Now having looked at it big, it might be strigata - doh!

Yatwai So Laying eggs PG 5DMk3 100mmL Subsee+5 Sea n Sea Housing Z240x 2 F 22 1/250 ISO 200

Ahmet Yay Chromodoris annae...:)

Ron Silver Appears to be Chromodoris magnifica

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 18 Nov 2013
Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli Please help, I have named a few nudibranchs Chromodoris magnifica, but I'm not sure any more. Philippines, don't know the exact location right now.

Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli Location: Romblon, Agtongo, Philippines

Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli Chromodoris magnifica? Thanks for helping me!

Gary Cobb We need location!

Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli all four pictures are from the Philippines, but I'll have to check the exact location

Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli Chromodoris magnifica or colemani?

Blogie Robillo Pls help ID these two dorids? For the life of me, I still find it difficult to differentiate among Chromodoris magnifica, C. annae, C. elisabethina... Both nudis were spotted at a depth of 5m, and each measured roughly 3cm long.

Blogie Robillo No takers?

Deb Aston I would guess either Chromodoris michaeli or Chromodoris colemani

Roy Arthur David Lontoh I think the one on the left is Chromodoris mihaeli and the one on the right is Chromodoris hamiltoni?

Blogie Robillo Thanks for your input, guys, but I think C. michaeli is out of the question. Accdg to existing descriptions, C. michaeli's dorsum should have a "fine speckling of white' on a translucent bluish or brownish ground color. Neither of the two above has such.

Blogie Robillo I'm still confused what the one on the left could be, but the one on the right just might be Chromodoris hamiltoni....... Anyone?

Blogie Robillo OK, based on the message in this link, the one on the right could very well be C. hamiltoni: http://www.seaslugforum.net/message/22337

Blogie Robillo Hey Gary Cobb, any thoughts? :)

Gary Cobb Where we're these found? Chromodoris hamiltoni is a west Indo pacific species and other species may aquire pigmentation.

Blogie Robillo Gary Cobb - Both were found off the eastern coast of Samal Island, south of the Philippines.

Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli I had the same problem: http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/23081 and http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20173. I file my nudi as a Chromodoris magnifica.

Gary Cobb Yes these Nudibranchs can be quite a problem. I would say the two photos above are Chromodoris magnifica (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832). This species can have brown smudges. C. annae has "pits" in the blue region of the mantle. C. hamiltoni is from the Western Indian Ocean i.e.. Africa.

Roxanne Fea I find identifying these types of nudibranches can be maddening...

Blogie Robillo yeah maddening, but like a drug :D

Gary Cobb Fairly simple if you know what morphology separates the species. Also don't forget that DNA will give a positive result, we can only hazard a guess based on "time in the saddle"!

Blogie Robillo I'll settle for "time in the saddle" ;)

Gary Cobb Good one!

Blogie Robillo Chromodoris magnifica. Depth 11.5m, 30°C; length 2.5cm; Mushroom Rock dive site

Blogie Robillo Is this Chromodoris magnifica or C. colemani? Depth 6m; length abt 3cm; 13 May 2012.

Gary Cobb The only difference between this photo and Chromodoris magnifica is the small amount of brown colouration between the black streaks. See this thread from the Forum http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21279 this is a colour form of C. magnifica

Gary Cobb This species does occasionally have a little orange-brown mottling between the black streaks.

Blogie Robillo Got it. Thanks, Gary!

Blogie Robillo Chromodoris magnifica, 1.5cm, 23m depth, 5 Feb 2012.

Blogie Robillo Chromodoris magnifica, 15 Jan 2012, 65ft

Sarah Williamson Chromodoris magnifica

Deb Aston Sarah this one is Chromodoris kuiteri I think.

Sarah Williamson Awesome, thanks Deb :)

Message posted on NUDIBRANCH LOVERS on 13 Feb 2013
Robert Coelen Chromodoris magnifica OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Robert J. Coelen

Message posted on UWphotographers on 18 Mar 2013
Blogie Robillo Pls help ID these two dorids? For the life of me, I still find it difficult to differentiate among Chromodoris magnifica, C. annae, C. elisabethina... Both nudis were spotted at a depth of 5m, and each measured roughly 3cm long.

Blogie Robillo No takers?

Deb Aston I would guess either Chromodoris michaeli or Chromodoris colemani

Roy Arthur David Lontoh I think the one on the left is Chromodoris mihaeli and the one on the right is Chromodoris hamiltoni?

Blogie Robillo Thanks for your input, guys, but I think C. michaeli is out of the question. Accdg to existing descriptions, C. michaeli's dorsum should have a "fine speckling of white' on a translucent bluish or brownish ground color. Neither of the two above has such.

Blogie Robillo I'm still confused what the one on the left could be, but the one on the right just might be Chromodoris hamiltoni....... Anyone?

Blogie Robillo OK, based on the message in this link, the one on the right could very well be C. hamiltoni: http://www.seaslugforum.net/message/22337

Blogie Robillo Hey Gary Cobb, any thoughts? :)

Gary Cobb Where we're these found? Chromodoris hamiltoni is a west Indo pacific species and other species may aquire pigmentation.

Blogie Robillo Gary Cobb - Both were found off the eastern coast of Samal Island, south of the Philippines.

Franca Wermuth-Vezzoli I had the same problem: http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/23081 and http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/20173. I file my nudi as a Chromodoris magnifica.

Gary Cobb Yes these Nudibranchs can be quite a problem. I would say the two photos above are Chromodoris magnifica (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832). This species can have brown smudges. C. annae has "pits" in the blue region of the mantle. C. hamiltoni is from the Western Indian Ocean i.e.. Africa.

Roxanne Fea I find identifying these types of nudibranches can be maddening...

Blogie Robillo yeah maddening, but like a drug :D

Gary Cobb Fairly simple if you know what morphology separates the species. Also don't forget that DNA will give a positive result, we can only hazard a guess based on "time in the saddle"!

Blogie Robillo I'll settle for "time in the saddle" ;)

Gary Cobb Good one!

Blogie Robillo Is this Chromodoris magnifica or C. colemani? Depth 6m; length abt 3cm; 13 May 2012.

Gary Cobb The only difference between this photo and Chromodoris magnifica is the small amount of brown colouration between the black streaks. See this thread from the Forum http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21279 this is a colour form of C. magnifica

Gary Cobb This species does occasionally have a little orange-brown mottling between the black streaks.

Blogie Robillo Got it. Thanks, Gary!

Blogie Robillo Is this Chormodoris colemani? Spotted it at a depth of 7m; measured about 3cm.

Ashley Missen Looks like one

Blogie Robillo Thanks Ashley!

Gary Cobb This is a colour form of Chromodoris magnifica http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21279

Gary Cobb Watch the spelling of Chromodoris:)

Blogie Robillo Which Chromodoris species is this? Can't quite pin it down... Spotted at around 12m, about 4cm long.

Blogie Robillo No takers? ;)

Roy Arthur David Lontoh Chromodoris magnifica....

Blogie Robillo Roy Arthur David Lontoh - I was afraid of that. I was kinda hoping it would be another type of Chromodoris. But thanks anyway! :)

Evie Go

Gary Cobb Translation: Nudibranchs and tiny animals that populate the ocean depths. They are my passion, have a spectacular color and detail. I call it pokemons are as varied as those children's drawings.

Gary Cobb Where was this animal found? It could be Chromodoris magnifica or Chromodoris quadricolor.

Evie Go Gary Cobb, pls look at d whole album..They're all amazing nudi pics!!

Bob Whorton Can anyone ID the little guy in this old shot from Wori Bay N. Sulawesi please?

Mike Bartick with the plume in its a tough call,,,Chromodoris magnifica

Deb Aston Hypselodoris apolegma

Deb Aston Sorry H apolegma is the big one.

Deb Aston Chromodoris strigata for the little one.

Gary Cobb Nice photo!

Gary Cobb The large one is Risbecia apolegma Yanow, 2001 and Chromodoris strigata Rudman, 1982

Jim Anderson It's now Hypselodoris apolegma (Yonow, 2001)

Gary Cobb Jim where did you get that information?

Gary Cobb This was never proven in a scientific paper and Yanow still thinks it is Resbecia. The Sea Slug Forum was only speculating and a paper has never been written that officially changes the Genus.

Gary Cobb Bill Rudman: "This 'species' has recently been described as Risbecia apolegma. On the Forum it has been considered closely related to Hypselodoris bullocki. Whether it is a colour form of that species or a distinct species is not clear to me. Have a look at the messages on the H. bullocki and H. apolegma pages to see some of the colour variation and discussion. Also look at Phil Slosberg's photo showing typical H. bullocki and H. apolegma mating." "Hypselodoris apolegma differs from H. bullocki mainly in colour. The background colour is a rich pinkish purple with a white border to the mantle. At the edge of the mantle the border is solid white but inside this is a region of varying width in which the white forms a reticulate pattern gradually merging in to the pinkish purple. The rhinophore stalks and the base of the gills is an intense purple, the rhinophore clubs and the gills are orange yellow. I can find no anatomical grounds to place this 'species' in the genus Risbecia." Ed. This is Bills thoughts on the species, so you see there was never a paper written proving that the genus is Hypselodoris BUT there a paper by Yanow proving that it is Resbecia. Unlees you know of one we stick with the latest papers finding.

Bob Whorton It's nothing like a Risbecia in reality, and everything about it screams Hypselodoris, Was Yanow sober? H. bullocki is distinctly different from apolegma, and how it was ever associated beats me. Bullocki has a distinctive semi translucent skin over a layer of colouration giving it an opaue effect, with a thin white border around a sharper mantle edge. The behaviour of the two is quite different too.

Jim Anderson I got this from Dave Behrens - seeGosliner, Behrens, and Valdes, Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs for reference.

Reed Nescher Marovo Lagoon, Solomon islands: https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1236768_10201368473006519_1393483386_n.jpg

Ron Silver Chromodoris magnifica

Reed Nescher https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1236768_10201368473006519_1393483386_n.jpg

Lindz Warren Not C. maginifica but C. annae - note the dark blue speckling of the notum.

Manfred Keller Chromodoris strigata - Puerto Galera (Philippines)

Lindz Warren Yes, C. strigata

Message posted on NUDIBRANCH LOVERS on 16 Sep 2013
Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Mollusca (Phylum)
    Gastropoda (Class)
      Heterobranchia (Subclass)
        Opisthobranchia (Infraclass)
          Nudibranchia (Order)
            Euctenidiacea (Suborder)
              Doridacea (Infraorder)
                Doridoidea (Superfamily)
                  Chromodorididae (Family)
                    Chromodoris (Genus)
                      Chromodoris magnifica (Species)
Associated Species