Acanthodoris hudsoni

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Acanthodoris hudsoni
Acanthodoris hudsoni.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia

clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea

Superfamily: Onchidoridoidea
Family: Onchidorididae
Genus: Acanthodoris
Species: A. hudsoni
Binomial name
Acanthodoris hudsoni
MacFarland, 1905[1]

Acanthodoris hudsoni is a species of sea slugs, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusc in the family Onchidorididae.[2]

Acanthodoris hudsoni


This species was described from Point Pinos, Monterey Bay, California. It has been reported from Alaska south to San Diego and Santa Catalina Island, California.[3] A specimen from Asilomar, Monterey Bay has been sequenced for the 16S ribosomal RNA, Histone H3 and CO1 genes and several specimens from Puget Sound, Kitsap County, Washington have been sequenced for 16S and CO1.[4][5]


Acanthodoris hudsoni feeds on an erect ctenostome bryozoan of the genus Alcyonidium.[6]


  1. ^ MacFarland, F.M. (1905). A preliminary account of the Dorididae of Monterey Bay, California. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 18: 35-54
  2. ^ Rosenberg, G. (2015). Acanthodoris hudsoni MacFarland, 1905. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2016-01-09.
  3. ^ Behrens, D. W., & Hermosillo, A. (2005) Eastern Pacific nudibranchs, a guide to the opisthobranchs from Alaska to Central America. vi + 137 pp., 314 photos. Sea Challengers, Monterey, California, page 55.
  4. ^ Hallas, JM and Gosliner, TM. (2015) Family Matters: the first molecular phylogeny of the Onchidorididae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 88: 16-27.
  5. ^ Hallas, J.M., Simison, W.B. & Gosliner, T.M. (2016) Dating and biogeographical patterns in the sea slug genus Acanthodoris Gray, 1850 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Nudibranchia). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 97: 19-31.
  6. ^ Rudman, W.B., 2000 (October 29) Acanthodoris hudsoni MacFarland, 1905. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.