Primarily, like many other species, it remains vulnerable to the ongoing effects of. Have a look at the page of references on Hexabranchus biology for a citation. Dear Anuschka,This certainly looks like a chromodorid but although I have not seen this colour form before I am pretty sure it is a juvenile Hexabranchus sanguineus - the Spanish Dancer. Family: Hexabranchidae.

Off-hand I can't think of any other uniformly dark red nudibranch of that size. Some of the larger specimens, especially from deeper sites are often a more uniform pink colour like this. The mottled form (Philippines photo) is the most common colour form, although yellow animals have been reported from Hawaii and here from Tanzania. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. Thanks to Erwin Koehler for the upper two photos. Reaching sizes of at least 16 inches (40 cm), the Spanish dancer is the largest nudibranch and one of the largest sea slugs on the planet. and swim through the water with a flying motion.  It has large tentacles on its head as well as some anemone looking things on its back near the end of it.  I was wondering if I should give it to the Waikiki Aquarium, or if you could provide some information on its food as well as its scientific name.  Sorry not to much information and no picture. Dear Jochen,Thanks very much for the photos. I was vacationing down on South Padre Island, and we saw this animal that looked like a jelly fish ? Look close and you can clearly see a Periclimenes shrimp on one of them. Hope you can help me identify it. They lay a large frilly pink egg mass with thousands of tiny eggs which hatch out as free-swimming veliger larvae, which swim for some time in the plankton before settling down and turning into tiny crawling slugs. Saved by mchal. “And I discovered that the software could generate quite easily the underwater mood I love. “When I decided to make digital paintings I chose the underwater world, because its my world. Concerning your large nudibranchs. Thanks Marli,At a rough conversion that is about 60cms. David Hasselhoff - Hooked on a Feeling The one with the Ooga Chaka. The Spanish Dancer, Hexabranchus sanguineus, grows to quite a large size, and like most dorid nudibranchs, it feeds on only a few species of sponge. Hello my name is Leticia from Hawaii. (1980) Habitat, food and reproductive activity of the nudibranch Hexabranchus sanguineus on Tongatapu Island. I will be posting them on the site when I organise answers. Here is a red-orange one (upper) from the Philippines and a red one from the Red Sea (lower).Erwin   Â. I found a beautiful red and orange sea slug very similar to mimasa (? some man said it was a Spanish dancer otherwise known as a sea slug. [Lord Howe Island is a small island off the east coast of New South Wales]. Definitely beats the 52cm I mentioned before. 9. I need to know all about them, like their sexual reproduction, eating habits, interior organs, and things like that.

I don't know how they can keep going for so long.
The bright red egg ribbons are quite characteristic. You rely on Snopes, and we rely on you. I hope this will help you with your project. Dear Bruce,Firstly thanks again for the beautiful shots of Melibe leonina. The remarkable creature also goes by the tongue-twisting scientific name of the Hexabranchus sanguineus.

Well I'd like to know what a nudibranch is and if you have some info on the Spanish dancer like on where it lives and stuff I'd really appreciate it if you would send it to me. Quite fortunately, for the moment, the Spanish Dancer appears to have a sufficient and relatively stable population base. It is in in The Veliger. Francis Le Guen is a man of many parts, though they all seem to cross over. I think they are a large form of the species Hexabranchus sanguineus . On a rough conversion your 18 inches equals about 45cm, so your animals are definitely of similar size to those from the Red Sea give or take a bit of stretching. And one more thing What is a Hexabranchus sanguineus?And also if you could get the info and answers please send it to me as soon as possible because I need this info for a science fair in school. The incident was witnessed by co-workers preparing for election night coverage. Hello again,Last year off of Flores, Indonesia, I mentioned to all on board that I was "into" nudibranchs, and was disappointed I hadn't seen many. Have a look at them for some background information. I have attached some photos of a Spanish Dancer that were taken in Lighthouse Bay, Exmouth (North West Australia) by a friend of mine named Paul Waghorn on 14 April 2001. I live on Saipan and our library does not contain much information on these organisms.

A little background research can go a long way towards avoiding the making of embarrassingly inaccurate accusations. “Its diving, and especially cave-diving, that first inspired me to make images,” he says. Dear Caleb & Jamie,I am pretty sure you are describing Hexabranchus sanguineus, and perhaps the yellow colour form I have illustrated above. The remarkable creature also goes by the tongue-twisting scientific name of the Hexabranchus sanguineus. Like many nudibranchs, Hexabranchus seems to be protected somehow from fish predation. If you could please help me by telling me of what you know, and if you know of sites about them then please could you e-mail them to me. If South Padre Island is in California, or your animals didn't look like the photos here, perhaps you should let me know and I'll try again. These pictures are from a digital videotape that I took in the Red Sea in Akaba, Jordan in 25 meters of depth. Hi Bill,Here is a 'dancing' picture of Hexabranchus sanguineus. Do you know of a site where I can find a video/mpeg file of a Hexabranchus sanguineus while 'dancing'?

PHOTOS: Erwin Koehler.BELOW: Yellow colour form, right photo showing start of swimming sequence. Snopes and the Snopes.com logo are registered service marks of Snopes.com. Night diveBest wishes,Paul Young, Dear Paul,This is a rather shy looking Hexabranchus sanguineus. Suborder: DORIDINA First, a “Spanish Dancer” is a type of sea slug and not a jellyfish. The “Spanish Dancer Jellyfish” was created by underwater photographer and fractal artist Francis Le Guen, who manipulated an image of a “Spanish Dancer” sea slug in order to create this image. Perhaps someone reading this will let us know if they have seen one.Best wishes,Bill Rudman. Although the internet brings us all closer together it is still a very big planet. These two were 18 or more inches long and 12 inches across. It is a sponge-feeder but does not seem to be a specialised feeder on a particular species of sponge. I found info about it's habitat and diet but for some reason I can't find info on how it reproduces. There are other fractalists but no one, as far as I know, making underwater scenes. Erwin, Dear BillThis nudibranch swims like Hexabranchus sanguineus. Our class is doing research on invertebrates and vertebrates. I do recall that it was not particularly large, perhaps about 25 cm long.Thanks,Mary Jane, Dear Bill,I found this Hexabranchus sanguineus on a night dive near New Ireland Island, Papua New Guinea. Instead of having a single oral tentacle on each side, it has flap of tissue with a number of finger-like projections. Also, it would appear to "almost have" a seventh gill cluster.

In brief, Hexabranchus can be found in tropical waters worldwide from the intertidal to quite deep water - deeper than scuba divers can safely venture. Hopefully you will be able to obtain a few of these. Hi Bill ,Here is a picture of Hexabranchus 'dancing' for the Forum.


Hi Bill,Re the recent Okinawan Hexabranchus color variant, this is the only one I've seen here having this color phase.Cheers, Bob. Each group had to pick one of each. Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights The one where Kate Bush is a goddess among mere mortals. Sounds a great place to find nudibranchs. This is not so easy to see in live juveniles, although it is usually clear when they are dead and preserved. I know the feeling, the texture of water, the way the light plays in the composition. Best wishes,Bill Rudman. Perhaps your teacher or one of your parents could help you find it, as The Veliger is an American scientific journal which most museums and university libraries should have. If anyone has any candidates I'll of course need some photographic evidence so no fishermen's tales please. Dear Bill, I did not give a size estimate for the pink Spanish dancer in my last photo because it has been several years since I saw it. Our Breathing Planet · Privacy and Cookies · Legal Notice · Sitemap, Show your support for the amazing places and species we raise awareness of by, We try to make caring for our planet a viral cause. Unfortunately it is not a feature you can see in photographs of the dorsal surface.Best wishes,Bill Rudman, Hi!When I was looking for a photo of a "Purple producing snail", murex etc, I was offered photos of a Hexabranchus sanguineus, but I think they do not produce the red purpur colour used anciently for expensive, royal dress. Thanks Wayne,What a spectacular photo. Good Luck with your project,Best wishes,Bill Rudman. It has been feeding on an yellow/brown sponge. However when the gills are all extended it is hard to see the basal region and until they are maximally retracted it is difficult to see that they are independent of each other. It was from the west coast of Pemba where we dived with the Fundu Lagoon Resort to small nearby islands. I was just wondering if you could send a picture and info so my kids can see what it looks like. If you have further questions, let me know.Good Luck with your project,Bill Rudman. Order: NUDIBRANCHIA Hi Bill,Here is another species from the Solitary Islands [off Coffs Harbour, nthn New South Wales, Australia] that I am unsure of. I am not sure how much you know about using websites. Please e-mail me. Sept. 30, 1993.Best regards,Mary Jane Adams. Size and depth were not recorded. Hexabranchus = six gills and sanguineus = blood and refers to its red colour. The photo was made by Britta Hochberger.