Noumea laboutei Rudman, 1986
Caught right smack dab on its prey sponge in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, webmaster Mike has come across a very tiny find. Noumea laboutei occasionally reaches 15mm in length. On the average specimens are much smaller. There are no problems identifying that species aposematic colored creature as no other species of chromodorid is yellow with red rhinophores and gill. Often times you can see its acid secreting mantle glands within the mantle tissue, along the lateral margin.
Noumea laboutei was originally described from New Caledonia by Bill Rudman, but is probably more widely distributed as evidenced by the many sightings on Erwin Kohler's site .
Nice find Mike.
WEBMASTER'S NOTES: The links to Bill Rudman's site were reconstructed as the Sea Slug Forum server at the present time is experiencing technical difficulties (hard drive crash). The information presented may not be current.
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