Physical Description

Type Information

Holotype for Triopha maculata Macfarland, 1905
Catalog Number: USNM 181276
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Preparation: Alcohol (Ethanol)
Collector(s): F. Macfarland
Year Collected: 1894
Locality: Monterey, Pacific Grove, California, United States, North Pacific Ocean
Microhabitat: tidepools
  • Holotype: Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 18: 49.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Triopha maculata

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Triopha maculata

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Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Wikipedia

Triopha maculata

Triopha maculata, common name "speckled triopha", is a species of colorful sea slug, a nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusk in the family Polyceridae. This species is very variable in color.

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Distribution

This nudibranch lives in the eastern Pacific Ocean, from Vancouver, Canada, to Baja California, Mexico. It also lives in Japan.

Description

Triopha maculata can, on rare occasions, grow as large as 180 mm (a little more than 7 inches) but usually the maximum length is 50 mm (about 2 inches.)

The color can be a very pale and translucent yellow, or it can be a darker yellow, orange, red, and even dark brown. There are always raised whitish spots, hence the name maculata, meaning spotted.

Life habits

This species feeds on bryozoans.


References

Behrens, D.W., 1980, Pacific Coast Nudibranchs: a guide to the opisthobranchs of the northeastern Pacific, Sea Challenger Books, Washington.

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