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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Dark Doto 2
Doto kya
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Lance's Doto 5
Doto lancei
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White Dendronotus 6
Dendronotus albus
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Rainbow Nudibranch 7
Dendronotus iris
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Stubby Frond-aeolis 2
Dendronotus subramosus
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Branched Dendronotus 9
Dendronotus venustus
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Hancock's Nudibranch 2
Hancockia californica
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Lion's Mane Nudibranch 2
Melibe leonina
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Goddard's Aeolid 10
Pacifia goddardi
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Spanish Shawl 3
Flabellinopsis iodinea
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Cooper's Aeolid 11
Orienthella cooperi
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Green Balloon Aeolid 1
Eubranchus olivaceus
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Homely Aeolid 4
Eubranchus rustyus
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Misaki Aeolid 3
Leostyletus misakiensis
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Graceful Aeolid 3
Abronica abronia
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Rose-pink Cuthona 1
Cuthona divae
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Hamann's Aeolid 13
Cuthona hamanni
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Lake Merritt Cuthona 1
Cuthona perca
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Phoenix Aeolid 2
Cuthona phoenix
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Roller's Aeolid 14
Cuthona rolleri
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Chocolate Aeolid 1
Cuthonella cocoachroma
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Doc's Aeolid 4
Catriona rickettsi
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Lagoon Sea Slug 15
Tenellia adspersa
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White-crusted Aeolid 3
Tenellia albocrusta
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British Columbia Aeolid 2
Tenellia columbiana
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Yellow-head Aeolid 1
Tenellia flavovulta
Green Aeolid
Trinchesia virens
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Shiny Aeolid 1
Zelentia fulgens
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Laguna Beach Aeolid 1
Diaphoreolis lagunae
Vrijenhoek's Nudibranch
Ziminella vrijenhoeki
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Smooth-tooth Aeolis 3
Apata pricei
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Thick-horned Nudibranch 3
Hermissenda crassicornis
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Opalescent Nudibranch 2
Hermissenda opalescens
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Hilton's Aeolid 7
Phidiana hiltoni
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Morro Bay Aeolid 17
Emarcusia morroensis
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Stearns' Aeolid 12
Austraeolis stearnsi
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Red-Headed Aeolid 18
Noumeaella rubrofasciata
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Enosima Aeolid 2
Sakuraeolis enosimensis
Undertaker Nudibranch
Aeolidia libitinaria
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Shaggy Mouse Nudibranch 2
Aeolidia papillosa
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Colorful Aeolid 2
Aeolidiella chromosoma
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Brown Burrowing Aeolis 19
Cerberilla mosslandica
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Olive's Aeolid 3
Anteaeolidiella oliviae
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Single-stalk Aeolis 2
Babakina festiva
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Ringed Janolus 12
Janolus anulatus
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Cockscomb Nudibranch 3
Antiopella barbarensis
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White-lined Dirona 2
Dirona albolineata
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Colorful Dirona 1
Dirona picta
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Diamondback Tritonia 1
Tritonia festiva
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Keen's Tritonid 1
Tritonia myrakeenae
Black Tiger Nudibranch
Tritonia nigritigris
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Giant Orange Tochui 20
Tochuina tetraquetra
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Yellow-spotted Cadlina 4
Cadlina flavomaculata
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Yellow-edged Cadlina 2
Cadlina luteomarginata
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Modest Cadlina 3
Cadlina modesta
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Dark-spot Cadlina 11
Cadlina sparsa
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Cooper's Aldisa 20
Aldisa cooperi
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Blood-spot Dorid 2
Aldisa sanguinea
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MacFarland's Chromodorid 3
Felimida macfarlandi
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Red Dorid 2
Rostanga pulchra
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Heath's Dorid 4
Geitodoris heathi
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O'Donoghue's Dorid 3
Diaulula odonohuei
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San Diego Dorid 3
Diaulula sandiegensis
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Mimic Dorid 22
Baptodoris mimetica
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Hunchback Doris 19
Atagema alba
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Mulliner's Dorid 18
Peltodoris mullineri
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Sea Lemon 2
Peltodoris nobilis
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Leopard Jorunna 5
Jorunna pardus
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Two-spotted Dorid 3
Thordisa bimaculata
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Red Thordisa 18
Thordisa rubescens
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Chan's Dorid 2
Hallaxa chani
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Monterey Dorid 23
Doris montereyensis
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Picken's Dorid 12
Doris pickensi
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White Dorid 3
Conualevia alba
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Humped Ancula 2
Ancula gibbosa
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Los Angeles Okenia 3
Okenia angelensis

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