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Metandrocarpa taylori Huntsman, 1912
Orange Social Sea Squirt
This Chromodoris was found on the side of a rock blanketed by orange sea squirts. I'm not sure if that is this nudibranch's prey item, but it didn't stray out of the tunicate colony over the course of the 10-15 minutes I spent observing and photographing it. Reportedly, it feeds mostly on sponges, but in this instance it really seemed fond of the ascidians.
Anacapa Island, Channel Islands, CA.
ChromodorididaeMexichromisnudibranchsseaslugssea slugsgastropodsgastropodaopisthobranchstunicatessea squirtsCalifornia wildlifecalifornia underwaterChannel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuarymarine sanctuariesmarine parkChannel IslandsStyelidaeAscidiaceaascidiansAnacapaAnacapa Islandmarine invertebrates
From Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary