Noumea hongkongiensis
Rudman, 1990

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Known from Hong Kong and Japan.


Wang Chau, Hong Kong, 26 Sept 1982. Holotype. PHOTO: B. Darvell.

White with rhinophore clubs and gills edged with bright orange.

• Rudman, W.B. (1990) The Chromodorididae (Opisthobranchia: Mollusca) of the Indo-West Pacific: further species of Glossodoris, Thorunna and the Chromodoris aureomarginata colour group. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 100: 263-326.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (March 14) Noumea hongkongiensis Rudman, 1990. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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Noumea hongkongiensis from Japan

May 15, 2006
From: Sayoko Matsuda

Dear Bill

I always greatful for your advice.
I found this sea slug under a stone.

Locality: Otsuki-cyo Issai (the Pacific coasts of Japan), 13m, Kochi Prefecture Japan,, Pacific Ocean, 7 May 2006, coral and rubble site. Length: 5-6mm. Photographer: K's staff & Naoko.K.

What is this? Noumea hongkongiensis? Noumea decussata? or another species?
Could you please identify it for me?

Yours sincerely,

Sayoko Matsuda, 2006 (May 15) Noumea hongkongiensis from Japan. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Sayo,
Your animal is N. hongkongiensis. It is a bit difficult to separate the two species you mention from photos, but the white colour of N. decussata is much more opaque than in N. hongkongiensis. You can see sinsome of your photos that the white colour on the mantle is almost translucent and you can see white spots around the edge which are the mantle gland. Another external difference is that N. decussata has fine yellow specks on the mantle, but these aren't visible in most photos.

It is good to get a record of this species outside of Hong Kong.

 Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2006 (May 15). Comment on Noumea hongkongiensis from Japan by Sayoko Matsuda. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Species of Noumea

March 15, 2000
From: Bill Rudman.

I have added pages on Noumea hongkongiensis and Noumea romeri and added photos to Noumea simplex.
Bill Rudman.

Rudman, W.B., 2000 (Mar 15) Species of Noumea. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from