Chromodoris balat  Bonomo & Gosliner 2020

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Chromodoris balat has been recently described, published on 24 July 2020, it is characterized by a white/cream body with thin browish-black longitudinal lines and large brownish patches, and by an often broken orange marginal band at the mantle. The gills and rhinophores are orange-red opaque white spots.
This shot shows a specimen laying eggs.
This species had been misidentified, and was posted on 14 April 2003 at these websites as Chromodoris striatella  Bergh, 1877, I changed it
on 31 July 2020 into Chromodoris balat  Bonomo & Gosliner 2020.
Pretty similar are:
Chromodoris lineolata which lacks the large brown patches on the mantle, and has a black line at the inner edge of the orange border and differs by opaque white spots on the black gills and rhinophores. It is black with white lines, which looks like white white with black lines.
Chromodoris burni which lacks the opaque white spots on the gills and rhinophores.
Chromodoris mandapamensis which is densely covered with rounded dark brown spots.
Gosliner et al. (2015) place Chromodoris striatella  Bergh, 1876 and Chromodoris mandapamensis  Valdés, Mollo & Ortea, 1999 in the genus Goniobranchus  Pease, 1866, WoRMS has them still as Chromodoris.
Gosliner, T.M, D.W. Behrens & Á.Valdés. 2015. Nudibranch &Sea Slug Identification Indo-Pacific.
New World Publications Inc. Jacksonville, FL. 408 pp.
Caballer, M. (2011). Chromodoris striatella  Bergh, 1877. In: MolluscaBase (2017).
Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species
at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=558225 on 2017-11-28
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2020), published 31 July 2020, Chromodoris balat  Bonomo & Gosliner 2020
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Chromodoris_balat.htm


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