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
- Holotype: Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 18: 49.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Triopha maculata
No available public DNA sequences.
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Triopha maculata
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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.
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.
This species feeds on bryozoans.
A 5 mm juvenile of the yellow form of Triopha maculata in a California tide pool
Behrens, D.W., 1980, Pacific Coast Nudibranchs: a guide to the opisthobranchs of the northeastern Pacific, Sea Challenger Books, Washington.