Triopha catalinae

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Sea clown triopha
Triopha catalinae 1.jpg
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.


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]


  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 the radula can be found at Thompson; Bebbington (1973). "Scanning electron microscope studies of gastropod radulae". Malacologia. 14: 147–165.