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Chromodorididae are a group of sea slugs known for their most colorful members. The aposematic coloration is usually discussed in the light of their toxicity. While feeding on sponges, they take up the toxic compounds and store them in special structures along the notum margin. They are used as defense against predators like fish or crabs. We investigate the evolution and efficiency of these so-called mantle dermal formations within Chromodorididae.