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Ardeadoris averni - picture: Danny Van Belle - Location: Puerto Galera - Philippines

Ardeadoris averni

Order : NUDIBRANCHIA
Suborder: EUCTENIDIACEA
Infra order : DORIDACEA
Superfamily : DORIDOIDEA
Family : Chromodorididae

Dive site : Hairball 1 – Lembeh Strait – INDONESIA – Depth : 20+m – 11/02/2007 – Photo: Danny Van Belle

DISTRIBUTION
Known from Great Barrier Reef and down eastern Australia to mid New South Wales. Also Papua New Guinea, Philippines and north Indonesia.

Characterised by the bright red border to the mantle. Probably has a wider distribution than recorded at present.
Ardeadoris averni was described by Bill Rudman in 1985. This species is one of many Indo-Pacific dorids with a white body and an orange marginal band. Rudman has suggested that A. averni is a member of a mimetic complex of similarly coloured species. Other similarly coloured species include Ardeadoris egretta, Goniobranchus verrieri and several other Chromodorids. Diaphorodoris mitsuii, an onchidorid also has the same colour pattern.

Ardeadoris averni - picture: Danny Van Belle - Location: Puerto Galera - Philippines
Dive site : Hairball 1 – Lembeh Strait – INDONESIA – Depth : 20+m – 11/02/2007 – Photo: Danny Van Belle