Hexabranchus sanguineus   (Ruppell & Leuckart,  1830) (Sea Slug)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Gastropoda

Image copyrights: Sreeraj, CR

Size: Over 40 cm in length

Color: Dark red mantle with straw colored gills and rhinophores.

Able to swim; gills do not have gill pouch into which the gills can retract. Each gill is inserted separately into the body wall.

Synonym (s)
Aethedoris indica Abraham, 1877
Albania formosa Collingwood, 1881
Doris cardinalis Gould, 1852
Doris flammulatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1832
Doris marginatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1832
Doris sandwichensis Eydoux & Souleyet, 1852
Doris sanguinea Ruppell & Leuckart, 1830
Heptabranchus burnettii A. Adams, 1848
Hexabranchus adamsii Gray, 1850
Hexabranchus aneiteumensis Abraham, 1877
Hexabranchus aneitus Bergh, 1878
Hexabranchus aureomarginatus Ostergaard, 1955
Hexabranchus digitatus Eliot, 1906
Hexabranchus imperialis Kent, 1897
Hexabranchus marginatus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)
Hexabranchus mauritianus Abraham, 1877
Hexabranchus orbicularis Abraham, 1877
Hexabranchus pellucidulus Abraham, 1876
Hexabranchus plicatus Hagg, 1901
Hexabranchus praetextus Ehrenberg, 1828
Hexabranchus pulchellus Pease, 1860
Hexabranchus suezensis Abraham, 1876
Hexabranchus tinkeri Ostergaard, 1955

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal
Prey:  Sponges


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Ritchies Archipelago INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Corbyn's Cove INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Pongi Balu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Wandoor INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Burma Nallah INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Ramakrishna; Sreeraj, CR; Raghunathan, C; Sivaperuman, C; Yogesh Kumar, JS; Raghuraman, R; Immanuel, T and Rajan, PT (2010) Guide to Opisthobranchs of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, Kolkata 187 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • (2011) Animal discoveries 2010 Zoological Survey of India 1-107 Available at - http://zsi.gov.in/right_menu/Animal_disc/Animal%20Discovery%202010.pdf

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