California Blue Dorid Facts
- The gorgeous California Blue Dorid represents an extremely rare variety of nudibranch. These are also commonly known as sea slugs. Due to its rarity, very little information remains available about this species.
- By 1984 the species had disappeared completely from the northern part of its natural range. However, since 2003 a few individual specimens have been spotted in that area once again.
- Many experts believe this creature, also known as the Felimare californiensis, to be extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to the small region it inhabits.
California Blue Dorid Physical Characteristics
Adult specimens of the California Blue Dorid average roughly 3.5 in (9 cm) in length.
Similar to most related species, it generally displays bright colors. Precise color patterns vary by individual but a deep blue with bright yellow spots remains the norm. Some individuals also display orange spots on a lighter blue body.
Like most marine gastropods, this fascinating creature possesses a buccal mass, which it extends out to feed.
Species: F. californiensis
California Blue Dorid Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Furthermore, the California Blue Dorid lives exclusively in the shallow ocean waters relatively near land.
It appears to feed primarily upon dysideid sponges, and it does so by extending its buccal mass out to make contact with its prey. To the best of the admittedly limited knowledge of experts, it appears to feed exclusively on dysideid sponges.