Noumea flava

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"River Area" Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Sept. 2005
Size approximately 10mm

Noumea flava (Eliot, 1904)

This tiny chromodorid is one of my favorites. It is certainly easy to identify with itís solid yellow body, with a red line around the edge of the hour-glass shaped mantle. If you get sloppy however, you could mix it up with one of several species of somewhat similar color .

Like Noumea laboutei , Rudman, 1986, it feeds on sponges.

Growing to only about 15 mm in length, this species is distributed through-out the Indo-Pacific, and into the Red Sea. Keep your eyes out for it!

Dave Behrens
Gig Harbor, Washington
April, 2006

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
March 2005

Ali Hermosillo and Dave Behrens

Author: Pacific Coast Nudibranchs
Co-Author Coral Reef Animals of the Indo Pacific
Proprietor of Sea Challengers Natural History Books

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