June 11, 2001
From: Claude Berthault
I send 2 photos of a living Pupa, perhaps P. strigosa?, found at Anse Vata, Noumea, New Caledonia at a depth of ~2 m.
Please, could you give me the name of this specimen ?
email@example.comBerthault, C., 2001 (Jun 11) Pupa strigosa ? from Noumea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/4535
Yes this is Pupa strigosa. When I posted photos of the living animal from Lifou recently I noted that the foregut could be seen through the translucent body wall as a brownish line. I suggested that this median brown line on the head shield may be a distinctive character of this species as I had not noted it in other species I had seen alive. Your photo also shows this brown mark. It also shows scattered opaque white patches which are also present in my photo. Perhaps this will turn out to be another feature of the species.