Orange-spike Polycera

Polycera atra

Summary 5

P. atra is fairly common in kelp forests, but rarely found in the intertidal. It can occasionally be found in outer coast dock fouling communities.

Description 6

The body of Polycera atra is translucent white with longitudinal black lines interspersed with rows of raised yellow spots. The oral veil has 4-8 tapering yellow-tipped papillae.

Distribution 6

This species of polycerid nudibranch was described from California.

Ecology 6

Polycera atra feeds on the bryozoanBugula.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/27375925146/
  2. (c) Donna Pomeroy, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/1048601
  3. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/20318939074/
  4. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/19249694133/
  5. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  6. Adapted by Robin Gwen Agarwal from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycera_atra

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