Monterey Doris

Monterey Dorid

Doris montereyensis

Physical Description

The Monterey Dorid is a sizable dorid, ranging from 50 to 150 mm in length. Its body is predominantly yellow, with dark pigment concentrated on its tubercles and extending to the dorsal surface. The species features yellow gills with seven branchial plumes.

Habitat and Geographical Range

This species is moderately common along the eastern Pacific coast, particularly in rocky habitats where it can be found. Its distribution may vary within this geographical range.

What They Eat and How They Breed

The Monterey Dorid sustains itself by consuming encrusting sponges, which likely form a significant portion of its diet. Like other nudibranchs, it likely reproduces through mating behavior, with individuals exchanging sperm. After fertilization, females lay eggs, typically in gelatinous masses on suitable substrates.

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