If you haven’t spent time gazing down into a tidepool, patiently scanning it for nudibranchs, you’ve been missing out. Below are examples of nudibranchs you are likely to run across on Oregon’s exposed rocky shores if you spend some time trying. My organization follows Lamb and Hanby (2005). Common names are my choice. I refer to WoRMS for scientific names, and I learn a ton by browsing the natural history riches in Kozloff (1993). Biodiversity of the Central Coast’s Molluscs page is full of great information about the nudibranchs shown below, and then some. The books, field guides, and identification resources listed at the bottom of the page also cover them.
Diaulula odonoghuei, spotted leopard dorid
The Salish Sea Invertebrates web site has a page on Diaulula odonoghuei that’s full of information on leopard dorids.
Rostanga pulchra, red sponge nudibranch
Dirona albolineata, white-lined dirona
Hermissenda crassicornis, thick-horned nudibranch
Thick-horns have one of the best scientific names. And, on a personal note, it’s the first nudibranch I discovered in the wild.
Gotshall, D. W. 2005. Guide to Marine Invertebrates, Alaska to Baja California 2nd Edition (Revised). Shoreline Press.
Harbo, R. M. 2011. Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. 2nd ed. Harbour Publishing Co.
Kozloff, E. N. 1993. Seashore Life of the Northern Pacific Coast. 3rd ed. University of Washington Press.
Lamb, A. and B. P. Hanby. 2005. Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. Harbour Publishing.
Sept. J. D. 2009. The Beachcomber’s Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest. Revised ed. Harbour Publishing.
Biodiversity of the Central Coast’s molluscs page is full of great information on Pacific Northwest nudibranchs.
Pacific Northwest Shell Club’s Nudibranch page
I consulted several iNaturalist pages while preparing this page, including:
This page was updated on October 15, 2021