January 27, 2006
From: Clinton Bauder
This critter was on the same hydroid as the Dotos in my earlier message [#15117 ] but it fell off during the photo shoot so the pictures aren't on the presumed food item.
Locality: Monterey Breakwater, California, USA. Depth: 10 meters. Length: 20 mm. 22 October 2005. Hydroid on a rocky breakwater. Photographer: Michael Jimenez
Since my previous messages proved I can't tell Dendronotus subramosus and D. frondosus apart I'm reluctant to make a definitive statement but I have a hunch this one might be D. subramosus. The rhinophores are smooth all the way out to the crown at the end and I think the hydroid is the right food source. In any case we shot this guy at several different angles so hopefully the pictures provides the details needed for ID. Photos were taken by my friend Mike Jimenez.
Bauder, C., 2006 (Jan 27) Dendronotus subramosus from Monterey, California. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/15119
Well I would definitely have to go with Dendronotus subramosus MacFarland, 1966. The smooth body, smooth rhinophores and branched processes on the frontal veil are perfect. The color of Mike's specimen is also very characteristic.
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