Goniobranchus decorus (Pease, 1860) [Doris]

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Goniobranchus decorus is characterized by a translucent greyish body with an orange-brown mantle margin. There is a thin opaque white line encircling the mid-dorsal region, running from the rhinophores parallel to the mantle margin, behind the gills to the other rhinophore. A medial thin opaque white line forms a "Y" just in front of the translucent gills. Submarginal are large purple and minute opaque white spots. There are purple spots greyish mid-dorsal region.
Very similar is Goniobranchus setoensis (Baba, 1938) [Glossodoris] which differs by the lack of purple spots in the greyish mid-dorsal region.
The Sea-Slug Forum lists both species as Chromodoris decora and dicusses the colour variations at Identity of Chromodoris decora , let me quote:"..all these forms seem to represent variations of one species." and "Baba himself (1953) suggested it should be considered a synonym of C. decora."
IPN lists them seperate with the comment: "Additional work is necessary to determine whether these are color variants or distinct species."
Scott and Jeanette Johnson discuss it at Underwater Kwajalein with many pictures, they think these species to be distinct.
This species is in older publications as Chromodoris decora (Pease, 1860),
R.F. Johnson & Gosliner (2012) moved it to the reerected ("rescued from synonymy") genus Goniobranchus  Pease, 1866.
Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens & Ángel Valdés. 2008. Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs.
Sea Challengers Natural History Books. Gig Harbor, Washington. 426pp. :
Rebecca Fay Johnson & Terrence M. Gosliner. 2012.
Traditional Taxonomic Groupings Mask Evolutionary History:
A Molecular Phylogeny and New Classification of the Chromodorid Nudibranchs. online at
More information on Goniobranchus collingwoodi as Chromodoris collingwoodi are on
More information on Goniobranchus decorus as Chromodoris decora are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2017), published 30 April 2017, Goniobranchus decorus (Pease, 1860)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Goniobranchus_decorus.htm


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