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Spanish Dancer egg ribbon

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Description:

Nudibranchs reproduce sexually. They line up side by side to mate, and then lay eggs in a ribbon-like mass. Some nudibranch species lay eggs as a flat ribbon. Others, the Spanish Dancer included, attach the edge their egg mass ribbons to solid surfaces in a spiral pattern. The Spanish Dancer's egg mass is easy to recognize. It is distinctive in that the ribbons are comparatively wide, and once set down in a spiral, they look like a reddish ruffled rosette. My dive buddy thought it was some tangled piece of clothing!

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4 Comments

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Even its egg spiral looks flamboyant! :D

Seema
Seema 9 years ago

Incredible

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Thanks for this lovely spotting and information. You could add this to the missions The Color Red, or El Color Rojo, and Eggs of the World.

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Fantastic spotting and nice details.

SamanthaCraven
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SamanthaCraven

Oriental Mindoro, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 29, 2012
Submitted on Mar 29, 2012

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