Goniobranchus aureopurpureus (Collingwood, 1881)


Very rare in Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found in Indo-West Pacific, but mainly south west Pacific. In Australia recorded from Heron Island and Port Stephens in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: 

Found in inter-tidal areas to a depth of 20 m. Known to feed on sponges of the genus Euryspongia.

Additional Notes: 

This small dorid is characterised by yellow to golden brown irregular spots on a white mantle. The mantle edge has a band of watery purple, darker spots with yellow crescents or spots around these darker areas. Previously known as Chromodoris aureopurpurea. Grows to 35 mm.


Gary Cobb, David Mullins, Nudibranchs Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, 2015. Publishers Thomas Slone, Masalai Press and Tim Hochgrebe, Underwater Australasia. p.131.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/chroaure. Accessed 07/08/18.