Noumea sp. 1 (8mm)
OPISTHOBRANCH OF THE WEEK
Photo by Atsushi Ono
Opisthobranch of the Week Data
Frequency on Okinawa:
- Order: NUDIBRANCHIA
- Suborder: Doridina
- Family: Chromodorididae
[brackets indicate range for all Okinawa-collected specimens of the species]
- Individual Collection No: Atsushi Ono #O-433a [#O-433a, #O-433b]
- Location: Gahi Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa
- Date: 13 March, 2001
- Depth: 33ft (10m) [33ft, 33ft]
- Water temperature at collection depth: ca. 70oF (ca. 21oC)
- Size: TL 8mm [8mm, 10mm]
- Specimen deposited: Sent to Bill Rudman at the Australian Museum by Ono, a second specimen #0-433b was deposited at the Kominato Marine Laboratory, Marine Biosystems Research Center, Chiba University, Japan
I've not personally seen Noumea sp. 1 here in the waters of Okinawa's main island and Atsushi Ono mentions (pers. comm.) collecting two of the several individuals he's seen in the Keramas.
* Atsushi considers the species to be rare in the Keramas and he's found the animals between small rocks and dead coral.
More recently (16 Jan '11) another unknown Noumea is described on these pages, N. species 2.
I've previously featured on these pages the following ten described Noumea species known from Okinawan waters:
* Keramas = the Kerama Islands Group, located 30 ~ 40 kilometers west of the Okinawa capitol, Naha.
Page Date: 18 Jul '05
Page Modification Date: 16 Jan '11
Digitally manipulated photo (image has been horizontally flipped)
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