Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

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Goniobranchus aureopurpureus
Chromodoris aureopurpurea.jpg
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Heterobranchia
Order: Nudibranchia
Suborder: Doridina
Superfamily: Doridoidea
Family: Chromodorididae
Genus: Goniobranchus
G. aureopupurea
Binomial name
Goniobranchus aureopupurea
(Collingwood, 1881)[1]
  • Chromodoris aureopurpurea Collingwood, 1881 (basionym)
  • Chromodoris variata Risbec, 1928
  • Glossodoris aureopurpurea (Collingwood, 1881)
  • Glossodoris variata (Risbec, 1928)

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus is a species of very colourful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Chromodorididae.[2][3]


This species was described from the coast of China. It is reported from many localities in the central Indo-Pacific Ocean from the west coast of Australia to Japan[4] and the Marshall Islands.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Collingwood, C. 1881. On some new species of nudibranchiate Mollusca from the eastern seas. Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology, series 2, 2(2):123-140, pls. 9-10.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P. (2012). Goniobranchus aureopurpureus. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2012-05-01
  3. ^ Johnson R.F. & Gosliner T.M. (2012) Traditional taxonomic groupings mask evolutionary history: A molecular phylogeny and new classification of the chromodorid nudibranchs. PLoS ONE 7(4): e33479
  4. ^ 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 page(s): 346
  5. ^ Scott Johnson (2015) Goniobranchus aureopurpureus. [In] Underwater Kwajalein
  6. ^ Debelius, H. & Kuiter, R.H. (2007) Nudibranchs of the world. ConchBooks, Frankfurt, 360 pp. ISBN 978-3-939767-06-0 page(s): 163
  7. ^ Gosliner, T.M., Behrens, D.W. & Valdés, Á. (2008) Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and seaslugs. A field guide to the world's most diverse fauna. Sea Challengers Natural History Books, Washington, 426 pp page(s): 222

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