Spanish Dancer

Part of this creature’s defense mechanism is its bright coloring. Also, when laying its eggs, the female Spanish dancer deposits a toxin with them, which keeps predators from eating the undeveloped Spanish dancers. The information for these habits was given to this creature by its Creator.


  • The Spanish dancer’s flattened body is brightly colored in shades of red, pink, or orange.
  • Some are a solid color and some are patterned, depending on the location.
  • This is the only nudibranch family that has six gills.

Fun Facts

  • This creature gets its name from the appearance of its swimming motion. It resembles the flaring skirt of a Spanish dancer.
  • The male Spanish dancer enters dance competitions to win its mate.
  • This creature is one of the most colorful in the world.
  • This species was first described in the Red Sea, where its solid red form is found.

CLASS: Gastropoda
ORDER: Nudibranchia
FAMILY: Hexabranchidae
GENUS/SPECIES: Hexabranchus sanguineus

Size: Up to 1.5 ft (0.45 m)
Diet: Sponges
Habitat: Shallow waters of tropical Indian Ocean and western Pacific, on coasts and reefs