Dendronotus iris

Dendronotus iris was described by Cooper in 1863. Color is highly variable, ranging from white through grey, orange, and red. The rhinophore shaft has a vertical row of from three to six small branched processes on its posterior side. The large, lateral, rhinophoral process arises from near the base. A white line occurs along the edge of the foot. Frontal veil has four paired processes. Gill tufs may be tipped with orange, yellow, or purple. Dendronotus iris feeds on the burrowing anenmone Pachycerianthus fimbriatus.

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David W. Behrens

Author: Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
Co-Author Coral Reef Animals of the Indo Pacific
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