April 10, 2002
From: Dr Jacob Dafni
Dear Dr. Rudman,
Being the author, you may enjoy knowing that this small slug, which I collected and pictured in the late 80's, in Eilat, Red Sea, is to the best of my knowledge Noumea alboannulata Rudman, 1986.
firstname.lastname@example.orgDafni, J., 2002 (Apr 10) Noumea alboannulata? from the Red Sea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/6693
As you will see on the Noumea purpurea colour-group Page there are quite a few species which are difficult to separate externally. I think your animal is Noumea norba which I thought in 1986 was a colour forn of Noumea purpurea. It is in fact through all the extra information that interested people like you have sent to the Forum that we are able to sort out some of these problems, and in some cases become aware of them.
In Noumea alboannulata the white median line always splits into an elongate circle around the gill pocket. In Noumea norba the median white line is either a thick continuous band or breaks aup into two or three elongate patches.
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