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Corambe crazed nudibranch.jpg
an undescribed Corambid, the crazed nudibranch, Corambe sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea

Superfamily: Onchidoridoidea
Family: Corambidae
Bergh, 1869, 1892
See text
  • Hypobranchiaeidae Fischer, 1883
  • Loyinae Martynov, 1994

Corambidae is a family of sea slugs, dorid nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks in the superfamily Onchidoridoidea. This family is within the clade Euctenidiacea.[1]

Species in this family show a characteristic posterior notch in the notum (which is lacking in some taxa) and a characteristic gill morphology, especially the presence of ventral gills.


These nudibranches occur in littoral and sublittoral temperate waters of the northern and southern hemispheres.

General description[edit]

They are mostly small (between 5 and 10 mm) and rather hard to find because they are very well camouflaged. They prey on encrusting bryozoans. Echinocorambe brattegardi is the only abyssal species in this family and is found in the deep waters of the Norwegian Sea.


There are fewer than twenty species in this family. According to Angel Valdes & Philippe Bouchet (1998), the genera within the family Corambidae include:[2]


  1. ^ Bouchet, P. & Rocroi, J.-P. (2005). "Classification and Nomenclator of Gastropod Families". Malacologia 47 (1–2). 
  2. ^ Angel Valdes & Philippe Bouchet (1998). "A blind abyssal Corambidae (Mollusca, Nudibranchia) from the Norwegian Sea, with a reevaluation of the systematics of the family". Sarsia 83: 15–20. 
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  4. ^ Behrens, D.W.; Alicia Hermosillo (2005). Eastern Pacific nudibranch, a guide to the opisthobranchs from Alaska to Central America. Monterey, California: Sea Challengers. pp. 137 pp. 

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