Noumea laboutei from sthn Queensland

May 5, 2006
From: Bruce Wilkie

Hi Bill,
I have identified this animal as Noumea laboutei.
Could you please confirm?

Locality: Flat Rock North Stradbroke Island, 12 metres, Queensland Australia, Pacific ocean, 19 April 2006, rocky reef with sponges, hard & soft corals . Length: 35mm. Photographer: Bruce Wilkie.

Many thanks,
Bruce Wilkie.

Wilkie, B., 2006 (May 5) Noumea laboutei from sthn Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Dear Bruce,

Yes this is N. laboutei. Almost all we know about this species is to be found on the Forum so it is good to get some more information. Your photos clealry show the reticulate sponge-like pattern on the mantle which is very similar to that seen in Noumea verconiforma and Verconia verconis and I guess help to camouflage it on its food sponge. Of particular interest are the prominent whitish mantle glands. These are rather different from those found in most species of Noumea so may be an indication of the need for more investigations into its relationships.
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (May 5). Comment on Noumea laboutei from sthn Queensland by Bruce Wilkie. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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