White Knight Dorid

White Knight Dorid

Doris odhneri

Physical Description

The White Knight Dorid exhibits a pure white ground color, occasionally with individuals displaying very light dusty yellow or light brownish hues. Its dorsum is adorned with numerous low, rounded tubercles of varying sizes. The species features white to very light dusty yellow rhinophores, typically with 20-24 lamellae. Branchial plumes, numbering seven, are tri- to quadripinnate, finely divided, and appear delicate, ranging from white to very light yellow. Labial tentacles are slightly triangular to digitiform.

Habitat and Geographical Range

This species inhabits the eastern Pacific coast, where it can be found in suitable habitats. Its distribution may vary within this geographical range, depending on factors such as food availability and environmental conditions.

What They Eat and How They Breed

The White Knight Dorid likely feeds on various marine organisms present in its habitat, although specific dietary preferences may vary. 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.

Similar Nudibranchs

There are several species of white dorid nudibranchs found in Monterey. For species often mistaken for the white knight dorid, check out these links.

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