Dendrodoris azineae
Behrens & Valdes, 2004

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Dendrodorididae


Known only from southern and central California, USA.


Carmel Bay, California, USA, July, 12, 2000. At about 180 feet (54M). Photo: Clinton Bauder

Note: Previously known on Forum as Dendrodoris sp. 3. and by Behrens (1991) as Dendrodoris sp. 2.

The general colour of the animal ranges from opaque white to a brownish yellow. The mantle margin is finely wrinkled and is edged with a white band. The rhinophore club is deep purple and there can be patches of purple on the white rhinophore stalk. The tripinnate gills are translucent white wit redish purple tips, which creates a reddish purple edge around each gill. It grows to at least 75 mm in length.

  • Behrens, D.W. (1991) Pacific Coast Nudibranchs. Sea Challengers, Monterey. 2nd edition, 107 pages
  • Behrens, D.W. & Valdés, Á. (2004)  A New Species of Dendrodoris (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Dendrodorididae) from the Pacific Coast of North America. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 55(21): 408–413, 3 figs.
Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2005 (February 3) Dendrodoris azineae Behrens & Valdes, 2004. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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  1. Dendrodoris sp. 3. = Dendrodoris azineae
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