Dendronotus iris - feeding movies

September 6, 2001
From: Clinton Bauder

Hi Bill,
A local photo/video contest last month induced 2 of us to shoot video of Dendronotus iris attacking Pachycerianthus fimbriatus. These shots are on the web and I figured this group would like to see them. Both were shot in Monterey in less than 10M of water near the Coast Guard Breakwater.

The first one was the third place video entry. The second was one I shot and should have entered into the contest instead of the lame jellyfish shot that I did enter (oh well...). Mine features an especially clumsy slug who misses the anemone with the strike. Several local branchers have found this to be amusing.

Bauder, C., 2001 (Sep 6) Dendronotus iris - feeding movies. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Thanks Clinton,
Your video is very funny although I must say I even felt a bit sorry for your Dendronotus. Here it is, about to get its 15 minutes of fame and everything goes wrong. We have a tv show here called 'Funniest Home Videos' where people send in video clips of family members and pets having accidents and other forms of public embarrassment. I'd say your video of Dendronotus missing would be sure to win a prize.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2001 (Sep 6). Comment on Dendronotus iris - feeding movies by Clinton Bauder. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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