Berthella strongi
(MacFarland, 1966)

Family: Pleurobranchidae


From central California, USA to Punta Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. One record from British Columbia


UPPER: Bird Rock, La Jolla, California, USA. June 2000. Animal approx 11 mm long. LOWER: Egg mass. Punta Rosarito, Baja California, May 2001. Photos: Jeff Goddard.

Basically the external difference between B. strongi and B. californica is the texture of the notal surface - B. califonica being tuberculate, while B. strongi is smooth. Also, B. californica has a thin white line along the margin of the mantle, which is lacking in B. strongi. [see Dave Behren's message]. From photos on the Forum, another distinction would appear to be the shape of the egg mass, wide and flat in B. californica, cylindrical in B. strongi.

• Gosliner, T.M. & Bertsch, H. (1988). A review of the genus Berthella (Opisthobranchia: Notaspidea) from the Pacific Coast of North America. The Veliger, 31: 46-67.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (March 18) Berthella strongi (MacFarland, 1966). [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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