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Sea clown triopha
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Scientific classification
Kingdom:
Phylum:
Class:
(unranked):
clade Heterobranchia
clade Euthyneura
clade Nudipleura
clade Nudibranchia
clade Euctenidiacea
clade Doridacea
Superfamily:
Polyceroidea
Family:
Polyceridae
Subfamily:
Triophinae
Genus:
Triopha
Species:
T. catalinae
Binomial name
Triopha catalinae
(Cooper, 1863)

Triopha catalinae, commonly known as the sea clown triopha or sea clown, is a species of colorful sea slug called a nudibranch. Sea clowns are a shell-less marine, gastronomic mollusk in the taxonomic family Polyceridae.

The species' Latin name is named after Santa Catalina Island, California.

Distribution

This species lives in the Eastern Pacific from Alaska to Mexico, and has also been found in Japan and South Korea.

Life habits

This nudibranch grazes on bryozoans.

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