Dirona

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Dirona
Dirona albolineata 2.jpg
Dirona albolineata
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Dirona

Dirona is a genus of sea slugs, Pacific Ocean nudibranchs, marine, opisthobranch gastropod mollusks in the family Dironidae.[1]

Dirona is the type genus of the family Dironidae.

This genus is characterized by large, broad cerata.

Distribution[edit]

These nudibranchs live on the West Coast of North America and Central America, some extending west into Japanese and Russian waters.

Habitat[edit]

Dironids live in various habitats, including the intertidal zone of rocky shores, bays and estuaries.

Life habits[edit]

Most species in this genus eat various species of bryozoans; some also feed on hydroids and ascidians.

Species[edit]

Species within this genus include:

Species brought into synonymy
  • Dirona aurantia Hurst, 1966: synonym of Dirona pellucida Volodchenko, 1941

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bouchet, P. (2015). Dirona MacFarland, 1905. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=558926 on 2016-05-21

Further reading[edit]

  • Behrens David W., 1980, Pacific Coast Nudibranchs: a guide to the opisthobranchs of the northeastern Pacific, Sea Challenger Books, California