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This family is within the clade Cladobranchia (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).
Animals within this family have elongated bodies with numerous branching cerata on their dorsal sides. The cerata lack extensions from the digestive gland. The head has an oral veil having branching extensions. The lamellate rhinophores are surrounded by a sheath and branched extensions.
The family Dendronotidae consists of the following subfamilies (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005):
This family has no subfamilies.
- Dendronotus albopunctatus Robilliard, 1972
- Dendronotus albus MacFarland, 1966
- Dendronotus dalli Bergh, 1879
- Dendronotus diversicolor Robilliard, 1972
- Dendronotus frondosus (Ascanius, 1774) (synonyms: D. arborescens, D. reynoldsi)
- Dendronotus iris J.G. Cooper, 1863 (synonym D. giganteus)
- Dendronotus robustus Verrill, 1870 (synonym: D. velifer)
- Dendronotus rufus O'Donoghue, 1921
- Dendronotus subramosus MacFarland, 1966
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