British Columbia Aeolid

Tenellia columbiana

Summary 6

Infrequently encountered in California, this slug feeds on hydroids in the genus Tubularia (Behrens & Hermosillo 2005). It can be distinguished from almost any other aeolid nudibranch by the orange-tipped rhinophores and orange tentacles combined with the white striped cerata.

Distribution 7

This species was described from Gabriola Pass, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. has been recorded along the Eastern Pacific coastline of North America from Cutter Rock, Ketchikan, Alaska, to San Diego, California.

Ecology 7

Cuthona columbiana feeds on the athecate hydroids Tubularia and Syncoryne.

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/21507076330/
  2. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/19683706629/
  3. (c) Robin Agarwal (ANudibranchMom on iNaturalist), some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.flickr.com/photos/30314434@N06/23440114186/
  4. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), http://www.flickr.com/photos/18024068@N00/3574728341
  5. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY), http://www.flickr.com/photos/18024068@N00/4315677124
  6. (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
  7. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuthona_columbiana

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