This species resides in temperate waters, chiefly, the Eastern Pacific Ocean. It is relatively common in Southern California, particularly around the Channel Islands. It can also be found in Monterey, California, through Southern California, and south to Cedros Island, in Baja California, Mexico. It is an uncommon sight north of Santa Barbara, California. This species lives on exposed rocky shores in the very low intertidal and subtidal zones. It is found on overhanging rock ledges and on other somewhat sheltered rock surfaces.
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