© Tracy Clark
Habitat: Central coast of California to Baja California, Mexico, Gulf of Mexico
Status: No Conservation Concerns
This fiery porcupine-looking nudibranch is Phidiana hiltoni. I don’t think anyone could deny that this is a beautiful creature, however its personality isn’t so lovely. They are quite brutish and will constantly pick fights with other aeolids, including others of its own kind. Better not to mess with this fellow. Don’t want to start a business now.