Egg Masses

2014, Oil & alkyd on panel, 8” x 8”

Looking across from upper left to lower right, these are the egg cases of nudibranchs. Each species lays a unique type of egg case. The individual eggs vary in size. Some species’ eggs hatch into miniature versions of the adult nudibranch that immediately settle down to life. Other species’ eggs hatch into a minute shelled stage, called a verliger. Verligers are small enough to be suspended in the water column. They geographically disperse on ocean currents before growing enough to settle down, literally, and transform into fully functioning adults.
  • Hexabranchus sanguineus
  • Navanax inermis
  • Hypselodoris picta
  • Bonisa nakaza
  • Onchidoris depressa
  • Hermissenda crassicornis
  • Marionia hawaiiensis
  • Chromodoris annae
  • Pleurolidia juliae
  • Janolus fuscus
  • Melibe megacerus
  • Leminda millecra
  • Unknown Melibe?
  • Unknown
  • Possibly Doto amyra
  • Aegires pruvotfolae