The Hooded nudibranch: Melibe leonina

Laura Verhegge has posted this note about Melibe leonina, seen today in Pedder Bay  on the Pearson College Marine Science website

A multitude of Melibe drift to the Pearson College dock


Melibe the hooded nudibranch photo by Laura Verhegge


Melibe leonina photos on Race Rocks Taxonomy by Ryan Murphy


(see other images and a video of the movement on her website)





Ryan Murphy got these images for the  Race Rocks Taxonomy.






Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Opisthobranchia
Order: Nudibranchia
Superfamily: Tritoniodea
Family: Tethydidae
Genus: Melibe
Species: leonina Gould, 1852
Common Name: Hooded Nudibranch

Acanthodoris nanaimoensis–the wine-plumed spiny dorid nudibranch

On May 26 2013, Gretchen Markle reported on a nudibrach
” Today we found two specimens of the grey phase Acanthodoris nanaimoensis (unmistakable with its maroon-tipped rhinopores and gills) on the beach at Chris Pratt’s.” (see location image below.)

gmMay12AnanaimoensisPhylum Mollusca
Class Gastropoda
Subclass Opisthobranchia
Order Nudibranchia
Suborder Doridacea
Family Onchidorididae
Genus Acanthodoris
Species nanaimoensis
Common name: Wine-plumed spiny doris,

The range of this species is Baranof Island, Alaska to Santa Barbara, CA; less common in southern portion of range.

Click on this image from Google Earth 3D for the location.

Shoreline in front of Chris Pratt's place.

Shoreline in front of Chris Pratt’s place.