Noumea? sp from Sulawesi

April 4, 2000
From: Lindsay Warren

Dear Bill
The first specimen (upper right) of this unidentified chromodorid was found by Rich Smith at 11 am on 30 June 1999 at a depth of
14.5 m in a sheltered position on coral rubble on Pulau Kaledupa [Tukang Besi Archipelago, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia - Operation Wallacea].  Size: 8 mm.

The second specimen (lower photos) was found by Dean Lea at 7am on 30 July 1999 at a depth of 8 m moving over encrusting coral on a slope on Pulau Hoga [Tukang Besi Archipelago).  Size: 7 mm.

The mantle margin is either pale creamy yellow or white, the notum peachy orange with irregular white patches.  In the mantle margin are several conspicuous red spots.  The rhinophores are lamellate, retractile,
translucent white with an orange streak slightly off centre.  The gills are also translucent white with a streak of orange.  The foot is peachy orange with white patches.

Any ideas as to what it might be?
All the best
Lindsay Warren

Warren, L., 2000 (Apr 4) Noumea? sp from Sulawesi. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Lindsay,
This reminds me of something but I can't quite put my finger on it. It has that almost 'violin'-like shape of some species of Noumea, so it possibly a species of that genus.

If I remember, or come across the description I am thinking of I'll let you know. In the meantime if anyone recognises this please let us know.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Apr 4). Comment on Noumea? sp from Sulawesi by Lindsay Warren. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


Noumea? sp. 2.

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