September 9, 2008
From: Jean-François Hervé
Concerning message #20586:
I send you a photo of what I'm pretty sure is Noumea verconiforma. It's very similar Julie Marshall's photo except for the yellow pattern.
Locality: Poindimié- east coast, 15 m, New Caledonia, Pacific Ocean, May 08, Rock. Length: 3 cm. Photographer: Martin Ravanat.
Thank you for your opinion.
email@example.comHervé, J.-F., 2008 (Sep 9) Noumea laboutei from New Caledonia. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/21781
I am pretty sure your animal is Noumea laboutei. On reflection, I suspect Julie Marshall's animal could be a pinkish form of N. laboutei rather than N. verconiforma. The mantle glands in N. laboutei are large and prominent while in N. verconiforma they are difficult to see externally. A number of species have yellow and pink colour forms, such as Verconia verconis and Noumea haliclona so N. laboutei may have a similar colour variation.
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