Triopha catalinae

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Triopha catalinae
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Triopha catalinae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea

Superfamily: Polyceroidea
Family: Polyceridae
Subfamily: Triophinae
Genus: Triopha
Species: T. catalinae
Binomial name
Triopha catalinae
(Cooper, 1863)

Triopha catalinae, commonly known as the sea clown triopha, is a species of colorful sea slug, a nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Polyceridae.

The species is named after Santa Catalina Island, California.

Distribution[edit]

This species lives in the Eastern Pacific from Alaska to Mexico, and has also been found in Japan and South Korea.[1][2]

Life habits[edit]

This nudibranch grazes on bryozoans.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berhrens, D. W., 1980, Pacific Coast Nudibranchs: A guide to the opisthobranchs of the northeastern Pacific, Sea Challenger Books, Washington.
  2. ^ a b Triopha catalinae (Cooper, 1863) Sea Slug Forum, accessed 17 July 2009.

External links[edit]

  • SEM images of its radula can be found at Thompson; Bebbington (1973). Malacologia 14: 147–165. .