Fine art illustration of a Pacific Sea Lemon. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The Pacific Sea Lemon was completed on 11.4.2013. As my love of the ocean grows with my diving experiences, so does my appreciation for the diversity of this part of the Pacific. While many people might not be intrigued with even the name "sea slug" a growing number of people are appreciating animals like the nudibranches, as part of a large appreciation of the diversity of ocean life. I'm currently putting together a collection of sea slugs, and thought this colorful nudibranch would be a nice addition. The drawing is based on a photo by Gary McDonald and was used with his permission.
The Pacific Sea Lemon is a nudibranch, usually growing to about 1-3 inches (25-75mm) but is can grow much larger. This species may produce a lot of sweet, fruity-smelling mucus when disturbed, and this will cause some predators to release them. They are native to coastal waters from Kodiak Island, Alaska to Isla Coronados in Baja, California. These gastropods are common in low intertidal, on rocky shores and in and around harbor pilings. This is the largest of California nudibranchs. It has a penetrating, fruity odor, which may be used to fend off predators. It feeds on a variety of sponges. It may also ingest quantities of organic detritus. Studies show that individual nudibranchs are conservative in their food habits; they tend to keep eating the same food species, even if they are transferred to other sites. Spawning period varies with location, but extend for several months. The mating is reciprocal; partners may be of vastly different size.