Hexabranchus aureomarginatus

Ostergaard, 1955

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Hexabranchus aureomarginatus from Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Identification verified by Scott Johnson
 

Identification is verified by Scott Johnson, Nudi Pixel expert

Comment from Scott Johnson: Well....maybe. Certainly the majority would probably call this Hexabranchus sanguineus, and a paper by Angel Valdes (Valdes, A. 2002. How many species of Hexabranchus (Opisthobranchia: Dorididae) are there? Molluscan Research 22:289-301) suggests that all the forms of Hexabranchus across the Indo-Pacific are all H. sanguineus. However, I have seen a lot of specimens in Hawaii and I'm convinced that there are two species there in any case. (And there could even be others in other parts of the Indo-Pacific--see http://www.seaslugsofhawaii.com/general/Hexabranchus-article.html). If there are indeed two species in Hawaii, the one pictured here would probably be Hexabranchus aureomarginatus Ostergaard, 1955. Confirming that might require more detailed anatomical and DNA analysis.
 

Location:Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Photographer:Edward Blackshaw
Camera:Canon EOS 30DView EXIF properties
Taken on:August 31, 2008
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Posted:8 years ago
Updated:6 years ago

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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Doridina
Family:Hexabranchidae
Species:Hexabranchus aureomarginatus