Distribution: Western Atlantic Ocean, from the Gulf of Mexico and Florida to Venezuela. Easy to spot while snorkeling the Caribbean’s shallow seagrass beds, particularly in Aruba, the Grenadines, the Bahamas and the eastern coast of Panama.
Its coloration is variable, from light pink and brown to bright red, sometimes greenish.
at Anse Crawen (Guadeloupe) © fabien
at Cayo Levantado (Dominican Republic) © nst56
at Palm Island (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) © nst56
at Ilet à Ramiers (Martinique) © cailly-bruno
at Isla Diablo (Panama) © nicoleguillemin
at Bocas Town (Panama) © jc_mara
at Playa Estrella (Panama) © jc_mara
at Chatham Bay (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) © tinoumer
at West End (Roatán)
at Starfish Alley (Roatán)
at Restaurante Alfonso (Panama)
at Anse Noire (Martinique)
at Tres Trapi (Aruba)
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