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One Big Raspberry


Chromodoris sp. 1

Looking like a blob of raspberry jam this undescribed species of Chromodoris is a big juicy favourite of ours. The distribution of the white spots on the notum serves to break up the appearance of the surface for if you examine it closely raised tubercles can be discerned. This species can get to 95 mm in length.


Whilst not common on our reefs we still see it often enough to wonder why it remains undescribed. Well, here is an answer to that in a comment on the species by Bill Rudman - Sea Slug Forum: "Since I have been studying chromodorids for many years, why haven't I already named it? It's quite a good example of how most taxonomists work these days. It is very tempting to pick all the 'easy' new species and rush out and name them all, as though naming new species is some sort of race or competition. Unless there is some overriding reason for a once-off name, such as sorting out a nomenclatural problem with an important or common species, most responsible taxomomists these days describe new species in the context of broader reviews, so new species can be compared and justified. Like most taxonomists, I have a filing cabinet full of drawings and notes on species I dissected years ago but have put aside until further information on related species becomes available."


So we wait.


Ed. When the preserved specimens arrive they will be included into the NUDIbank inventory awaiting a taxonomist to work on and present a name so worthy of...


Photo and text by David Mullins, Hancock Shoals, north of Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Qld.




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We embarked upon this adventure of ours while diving here on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Upon realizing the amazing variety of nudibranchs we were seeing, we developed an appetite for not only finding as many different species as possible but identifying and learning all we could about these most amazing creatures of the sea.

Naming was born when a friend of Gary’s suggested we share our knowledge with the world. The site commenced in March 2003 when we set out on our quest to find, identify and record all of the nudibranchs here in our area. The ever changing sea and seasons give up new surprises every visit whether they are subtidal or intertidal.


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"Scientific Report": Opisthobranchs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands - Zoological Survey of India (No date of publication listed) copies whole paragraphs of information without acknowledgement.




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When we decided to put up on our website a taxonomic list of the opisthobranchs we have found in the Sunshine Coast region we wanted to include helpful descriptions of the orders and families. We found that this information is not readily available anywhere. We therefore set about the laborious task of collating it from many many sources (including our own observations) bringing it together and writing from scratch a coherent paragraph for each family and order based upon external features and behaviour that would be easily discernible by the fieldworker and/or from photographs.


We believe all this information should be freely available and easily accessible by all those interested in these amazing creatures. It is available on our Species List/Family Descriptions page for all to access, read and make use of.


To find that several of these have been lifted off our page verbatim and used in a scientific report without acknowledgement is most disappointing and an unconscionable act. The authors should be ashamed. If they had bothered to contact us we would have willingly given of our time and resources to assist them to get their information up to date and coherent. Read Glaucidae for a family description they attempted to write themselves.


Here is a comparison of just three out of the many for you to make your own judgement. Click thumbnail for larger image.





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We describe our searching and identifying component of the quest as The Treasure Hunt, and the recording thereof upon the web site as The Never Ending Story.


We welcome for inclusion on the site the findings of other workers in this area that we may not have yet recorded.


From this website a Nudibranch Identification book called Undersea Jewels - A Colour Guide to Nudibranchs was published in 2006. The book is a 'Colour Guide'. After all that is the first thing anyone remembers about first seeing a Nudibranch.


Our Mission


Branchers PsalmLOCATE, RECORD, IDENTIFY and POST every species of OPISTHOBRANCH to be found on the Sunshine Coast Queensland, Australia. Learn more>


To LOCATE through scuba diving and intertidal searching.


To RECORD by underwater and studio/taxonomic photography (including microscopy photography) of the specimens.


To IDENTIFY these species through invaluable support fromqualified authorities in this field and developing reference resources.


To POST upon our web site not only images of the species and their natural history behaviour but also information concerning size abundance and localities. Additionally to disseminate to other sites information considered unusual (see Useful Resources).


Towards achieving these aims we will continue to acquire and develop the necessary equipment, resources and knowledge.


Have fun, learn and enjoy the Earth's greatest creatures!

Gary, David and the Team
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Parting note.

Nudibranchs are the most ephemeral of marine creatures. They greatly vary in size, colour and shape. They can be almost invisible or very bright and easy to see. Learn more>





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