Chromodoris ambigua

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Chromodoris ambigua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Chromodoris
Species: C. ambigua
Binomial name
Chromodoris ambigua
Rudman, 1987[1]

Chromodoris ambigua is a species of colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Chromodorididae.[2][3]


This chromodorid nudibranch was described from Griffiths Point, E. Head of Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia. It is known only from southern Australia.[1][4]


The mantle of Chromodoris ambigua is translucent white with irregular spots of orange. The edge of the mantle has an irregular diffuse band of white with purple spots. The gills are translucent with white markings and the rhinophores are beige with white edging to the lamellae.[5]


  1. ^ a b Rudman,W.B.,(1987). The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia : Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: Chromodoris epicuria, C. aureopurpurea, C. annulata, C. coi and Risbecia tryoni colour groups. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 90: 305-407.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P.; Caballer, M. (2015). Chromodoris ambigua Rudman, 1987. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2015-12-05
  3. ^ Bouchet P. & Rocroi J.-P. (Ed.); Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdes A. & Warén A. 2005. Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families. Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology, 47(1-2). ConchBooks: Hackenheim, Germany. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 397 pp.
  4. ^ Burn R. (2006) A checklist and bibliography of the Opisthobranchia (Mollusca: Gastropoda) of Victoria and the Bass Strait area, south-eastern Australia. Museum Victoria Science Reports 10:1–42.
  5. ^ Rudman, W.B., 1999 (June 1) Chromodoris ambiguus Rudman, 1987. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.