November 14, 2008
From: Colin Ogden
Concerning message #19433:
I have another Nudi that has me confused. I have never seen anything with this colour before, but its shape and also the white with red rhinopores and gills remind me of the Diversidoris aurationodulosa that I have found here only twice before. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
Locality: Sodwana Bay, 14 metres, South Africa, Indian, 2 November 2008, Coral Reef. Length: 30mm. Photographer: Colin Ogden.
firstname.lastname@example.orgOgden C. M., 2008 (Nov 14) Noumea verconiforma? from South Africa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/22031
The closest I can get to a name is Noumea verconiforma. It has not been found outside the southwest Pacific before, but its colour and reticulate pattern, which looks like the texture of a fibrous sponge, are very similar. However it is much larger than any specimen found before. Without knowing anything of its anatomy I can't say much more, but I think I will leave it as a 'possible Noumea verconiforma' rather than start a new page for it.