Dendronotus frondosus

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Dendronotus frondosus
Dendronotus frondosus.jpg
Drawing of Dendronotus frondosus from Kunstformen der Natur (1904)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Dexiarchia
clade Cladobranchia
clade Dendronotida
Superfamily: Tritonioidea
Family: Dendronotidae
Genus: Dendronotus
Species: D. frondosus
Binomial name
Dendronotus frondosus
(Ascanius, 1774)[1]
  • Amphitrite frondosa Ascanius, 1774 (original combination)
  • Doris arborescens O. F. Müller, 1776
  • Tritonia arborescens (O. F. Müller, 1776)
  • Doris cervina Gmelin, 1791
  • Tritonia cervina (Gmelin, 1791)
  • Tritonia ascanii Möller, 1842
  • Tritonia felina Alder & Hancock, 1842
  • Tritonia pulchella Alder & Hancock, 1842
  • Campaspe pusilla Bergh, 1863
  • Campaspe major Bergh, 1886

Dendronotus frondosus, sometimes known by the common name frond eolis or bushy backed nudibranch, is a species of sea slug, specifically a dendronotid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Dendronotidae.[3][2]


This species was described from Norway. A specimen from Norway has been designated as a neotype.[4] This species has been reported from the north-east and north-west Atlantic Ocean.[5] Records from the Pacific Ocean are now known to be distinct species.[4]


The size of the body attains 100 mm.

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  1. ^ (in Norwegian) Ascanius P. (1774). "Beskrivelse over en Norske Sneppe og et Södyr". Det Kongelige Norkse Videnskabers Selskab Skrifter 5: 153-158, pl. 5. Dendronotus frondosus is at 155-158, pl. 5, fig. 2.
  2. ^ a b Gofas, S. (2015). Dendronotus frondosus. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species on 2016-01-26
  3. ^ Bouchet P. & Rocroi J.-P. (Ed.); Frýda J., Hausdorf B., Ponder W., Valdes A. & Warén A. 2005. Classification and nomenclator of gastropod families. Malacologia: International Journal of Malacology, 47(1-2). ConchBooks: Hackenheim, Germany. ISBN 3-925919-72-4. ISSN 0076-2997. 397 pp.
  4. ^ a b Ekimova, I.; Korshunova, T.; Schepetov, D.; Neretina, T.; Sanamyan, N.; Martynov, A. (2015). Integrative systematics of northern and Arctic nudibranchs of the genus Dendronotus (Mollusca, Gastropoda), with descriptions of three new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 173(4): 841-886.
  5. ^ Rudman, W.B., (1999). Dendronotus frondosus. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney.