Dendronotus rufus

Dendronotus rufus is a fairly large animal 15 to 28 cm. It occurs over a very narrow range, reported only from Auke Bay, Alaska south to Seattle. Easily identified by white body and red to magenta body appendages. Two color variations of a similar newly discovered undescribed species from this same locatily is shown in Behrens (1980 & 1991). This new species while more variable in color, is red all over with white specks. Both differ signifcantly from the smaller D. albopunctatus.

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David W. Behrens

Author: Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
Co-Author Coral Reef Animals of the Indo Pacific
Propriator of Sea Challengers Natural History Books !

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