Acanthodoris rhodoceras

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Acanthodoris rhodoceras
Acanthodoris rhodoceras from Montana de Oro.jpg
Acanthodoris rhodoceras from Montana de Oro State Park, California
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. rhodoceras
Binomial name
Acanthodoris rhodoceras
Cockerell & Eliot, 1905[1]

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


This species was described from Dead Man's Island, San Pedro, California. It has been reported from Umpqua River, Oregon south to Bahía de los Ángeles, Gulf of California, Mexico.[3][4] Specimens from Pillar Point, San Mateo County; Ellwood Boulder Field, Santa Barbara County and Hazard Canyon, San Luis Obispo County have been sequenced for the 16S ribosomal RNA, Histone H3 and CO1 genes.[5][6]


  1. ^ Cockerell, T.D.A. & Eliot, C.N.E. (1905) Notes on a collection of Californian nudibranchs. Journal of Malacology, 12(3): 31-53, pls. 7-8.
  2. ^ Bouchet, P. (2015). Acanthodoris rhodoceras Cockerell & Eliot, 1905. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2016-01-11.
  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 57.
  4. ^ Rudman, W.B., 2003 (March 2) Acanthodoris rhodoceras Cockerell & Eliot, 1905. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.