40 thumb California Sea Slugs - Nudibranchs (and other marine Heterobranchia) of California

While land slugs are slimy and eat your vegetables, sea slugs are colorful and awesome. And we have a bunch of them in California. Hooray. This guide currently covers the common nudibranchs, sea hares, sapsucking slugs, and other marine Heterobranchia of our coast, including several non-native ...more ↓

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British Columbia Doto 5
Doto columbiana
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Dark Doto 3
Doto kya
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Lance's Doto 6
Doto lancei
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White Dendronotus 7
Dendronotus albus
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Rainbow Nudibranch 8
Dendronotus iris
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Stubby Frond-aeolis 3
Dendronotus subramosus
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Branched Dendronotus 10
Dendronotus venustus
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Hancock's Nudibranch 3
Hancockia californica
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Lion's Mane Nudibranch 3
Melibe leonina
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Goddard's Aeolid 11
Pacifia goddardi
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Spanish Shawl 12
Flabellinopsis iodinea
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Cooper's Aeolid 13
Orienthella cooperi
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Three-lined Aeolid 3
Orienthella trilineata
Fernald's Aeolid
Cumanotus fernaldi
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Lake Merritt Cuthona 2
Cuthona perca
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Phoenix Aeolid 3
Cuthona phoenix
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Roller's Aeolid 17
Cuthona rolleri
Green Aeolid
Cuthona virens
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Chocolate Aeolid 2
Cuthonella cocoachroma
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Doc's Aeolid 5
Catriona rickettsi
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Lagoon Sea Slug 18
Tenellia adspersa
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White-crusted Aeolid 4
Tenellia albocrusta
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British Columbia Aeolid 3
Tenellia columbiana
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Yellow-head Aeolid 2
Tenellia flavovulta
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Laguna Beach Aeolid 2
Tenellia lagunae
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Shiny Aeolid 2
Zelentia fulgens
Vrijenhoek's Nudibranch
Ziminella vrijenhoeki
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Smooth-tooth Aeolis 4
Apata pricei
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Thick-horned Nudibranch 12
Hermissenda crassicornis
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Opalescent Nudibranch 3
Hermissenda opalescens
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Hilton's Aeolid 8
Phidiana hiltoni
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Morro Bay Aeolid 20
Emarcusia morroensis
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Stearns' Aeolid 14
Austraeolis stearnsi
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Red-Headed Aeolid 21
Noumeaella rubrofasciata
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Enosima Aeolid 3
Sakuraeolis enosimensis
Undertaker Nudibranch
Aeolidia libitinaria
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Shaggy Mouse Nudibranch 3
Aeolidia papillosa
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Colorful Aeolid 3
Aeolidiella chromosoma
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Brown Burrowing Aeolis 22
Cerberilla mosslandica
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Olive's Aeolid 4
Anteaeolidiella oliviae
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White-lined Dirona 3
Dirona albolineata
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Colorful Dirona 2
Dirona picta
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Diamondback Tritonia 2
Tritonia festiva
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Keen's Tritonid 2
Tritonia myrakeenae
Black Tiger Nudibranch
Tritonia nigritigris
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Giant Orange Tochui 23
Tochuina tetraquetra
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Yellow-spotted Cadlina 5
Cadlina flavomaculata
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Yellow-edged Cadlina 3
Cadlina luteomarginata
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Modest Cadlina 4
Cadlina modesta
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MacFarland's Chromodorid 4
Felimida macfarlandi
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California Blue Dorid 14
Felimare californiensis
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Porter's Chromodorid 4
Felimare porterae
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Red Dorid 3
Rostanga pulchra
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Heath's Dorid 5
Geitodoris heathi
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O'Donoghue's Dorid 4
Diaulula odonohuei
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San Diego Dorid 4
Diaulula sandiegensis
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Mimic Dorid 4
Baptodoris mimetica
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Hunchback Doris 22
Atagema alba
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Mulliner's Dorid 21
Peltodoris mullineri
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Sea Lemon 3
Peltodoris nobilis
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Leopard Jorunna 6
Jorunna pardus
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Two-spotted Dorid 4
Thordisa bimaculata
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Red Thordisa 21
Thordisa rubescens
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Picken's Dorid 14
Doris pickensi
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White Dorid 4
Conualevia alba
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Humped Ancula 3
Ancula gibbosa

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