UPPER: St. Kitts, a dive site called Paradise Reef, taken at night in July 2002. Depth approximately 40 feet, specimen about 2.5 inches long.
LOWER: Saba, [Netherlands Antilles] a dive site called Torrens Point, taken at night in July 2002. Depth approximately 40 feet, approximately 2 inches long. Photos: Linda Ianniello
Animals range in colour from orange to red with mottled patches of ornage or yellow. Some specimens can have varying amounts of white dusting, especially on the mantle skirt. The rhinophore clubs can be entirely red or translucent yellow with a red tip. The gills are usually red, tipped with white, but can in smaller specimens be translucent yellow with red tips. In general shape it is very similar to H. sanguineus from the Indo-West Pacific.
• Marcus, Ev. & Marcus, Er. (1962) Opisthobranchs from Florida and the Virgin Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science of the Gulf and Caribbean, 12(3): 450-488.
Rudman, W.B., 2002 (September 8) Hexabranchus morsomus Marcus, 1962. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/hexamors
Hexabranchus morsomus from Saba and St. Kitts
From: Linda Ianniello, September 11, 2002