January 12, 2007
From: Minette Layne
Dear Sea Slug Forum,
I saw this nudibranch in a tide pool this summer while at Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA, and am having a difficult time identifying it.
I thought perhaps it was Dendronotus frondosus, but felt uncertain about that because it doesn't look the same (to me) as the photographs of D. frondosus I found on the forum. The rhinophores, in particular, seem a bit different from what I'm seeing in the other pictures.
I know the picture quality is poor and so this might remain a mystery forever. But I'd be most grateful if someone can help me identify this critter.
Locality: Cannon Beach, In a tide pool, Oregon, USA, Pacific Ocean, April 29, 2006, Intertidal. Length: 1/2 inch. Photographer: Minette Layne.
All the best,
Seattle, Washington, USA
Layne, M.C., 2007 (Jan 12) Mystery slug from Cannon Beach, Oregon. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19206
This critter is pretty rare. It is Dendronotus subramosus. The rhinophoral crown papillae are what I use to ID this species, which can be easily confused with both Dendronotus frondosus and Hancockia californica (the latter is a more southern species). Note that in your specimen, the papillae on the rhinophoral crown are short and blunt, and there are no lateral rhinophoral processes. In D. frondosus the crown papillae are branched. In both the color varies widely.
Hope this helps.
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