Dendronotus diversicolor: coloured dendronotid–The Race Rocks Taxonomy

This image by Ryan Murphy is rather stunning because it shows the nudibranch in contact with the colonial tunicate Metandrocarpa sp.
The identifying features of Dendronotus diversicolor are the 4 pairs of gills and a white line that goes from the last gill pair to the end of the tail.


This is a rather unique picture by Ryan Murphy of breeding nudibranchs

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Superfamily: Tritonioidea
Family: Dendronotidae
Genus: Dendronotus
Species: diversicolor
Alder & Hancock, 1845



Dendrotus diversicolor photo by Adam Harding


Other Members of the Phylum Mollusca at Race Rocks.

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pearsonlogo2_f2The Race Rocks taxonomy is a collaborative venture originally started with the Biology and Environmental Systems students of Lester Pearson College UWC. It now also has contributions added by Faculty, Staff, Volunteers and Observers on the remote control webcams.  Ryan Murphy