dendronotus

Dendronotus albus

…a species of Dendronotid nudibranch that is known to occur of the west coast of North America, ranging from Alaska south to Baja California. Like other species of nudibranch, Dendronotus albus is predatory in nature and is known to feed mainly on various hydroid species. 

Classification

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Heterobranchia-Euthyneura-Nudipleura-Nudibranchia-Dexiarchia-Cladobranchia-Dendronotida-Tritonioidea-Dendronotidae-Dendronotus-D. albus

Image: Steve Lonhart

(Giant dendronotus, Dendronotus iris)

See how peaceful it is here. The sea is everything. An immense reservoir of nature where I roam at will…. Think of it. On the surface there is hunger and fear. Men still exercise unjust laws. They fight, tear one another to pieces. A mere few feet beneath the waves their reign ceases, their evil drowns. Here on the ocean floor is the only independence. Here I am free

- Earl Felton 

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Dendronotus unidentified por Alexander Semenov

Dendronotus is a genus of sea slugs, nudibranchs, marine gastropod molluscs in the superfamily Tritonioidea.

This genus is within the clade Cladobranchia (according to the taxonomy of the Gastropoda by Bouchet & Rocroi, 2005).