Spanish Dancer



Nudibranchs are found from the icy waters of the Antarctic to the warm waters in the Caribbean. The Hexabranchus sanguineus, or Spanish dancer, is home to a more specific area. Nudibranch Distribution Map - Image courtesy of Oceana.orgThe Spanish dancer nudibranch is common to the Indo-Pacific ocean (Pawlik et al, 1988) and also the Red Sea. If you want to find them in the United States, Hawaii is the place. This means they live in warm and tropical water. You can find the Hexabranchus sanguineus more readily during the low tide period in shallow waters. During the high tide, they tuck into coral crevices thus reducing the risk of being swept away (Francis, 1980). There is a vast population of organisms that live in the same habitat as the Spanish dancer. Orgnaisms that can be found there include varios types of sponges, crabs and lobsters. If you want to learn more about organisms in the Indo-Pacific region, click here. The nudibranch's main dish happens to be toxic sponges, while crabs and lobsters are the nudibranch's predators.  By eating these toxic sponges, they are able to produce and secrete a chemical defense. We will emphasize more of this in our interactions page.





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