July 14, 2006
From: Bruce Wilkie
Concerning message #16471:
I took this photo of Chromodoris splendidia and it wasn`t until I had a good look at it I found in the bottom left corner what I think could be Noumea laboutei. I know it is not all that clear as it was not the intended subject. I just goes to show how well these animals can camouflage themselves.
Locality: Flat Rock North Stradbroke Island, 12 metres, Queensland Australia, Pacific ocean, 08 July 2006, rocky reef with sponges, hard & soft corals . Length: 15mm. Photographer: Bruce Wilkie.
email@example.comWilkie, B., 2006 (Jul 14) Re: Noumea laboutei from sthn Queensland. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/17104
You are right! This is another interesting find - the first information on the food sponge of Noumea laboutei. As I suspected from its camouflage coloration it appears to feed on a yellow-orange darwinellid sponge.
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