Hexabranchus aureomarginatus

Ostergaard, 1955

Hexabranchus aureomarginatus
Photographed by: Edward Blackshaw

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

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #8643
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.

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #6537
I call this Hexabranchus aureomarginatus. Most people probably will not agree.

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #6541
I may be going against the majority, but I call this "variety" a separate species apparently restricted to the Hawaiian Islands, Hexabranchus aureomarginatus.

Comment from Scott Johnson on photo #1529
I consider this one Hexabranchus aureomarginatus. Not everyone would agree.

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