Verconia romeri (Risbec, 1928) [Noumea]

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Verconia romeri is characterized by a pink background colour, and by a narrow white marginal line. The rhinophore clubs are orange, the gills are translucent with an orange edging. The gills vibrate when the animal is crawling. It appears to feed on a pink aplysillid sponge.
Robert F. Bolland has a picture of this species at his OKINAWA SLUG SITE taken by Atsushi Ono at Zamami Island, Japan, which looks exactly like the specimen #1.
Dr. Alicia Hermosillo-González labelled the specimen #2 Noumea romeri.JPG, she saw the living animal, her identification is pobably correct.
There were pictures from several locations at NUDIPIXEL, this website is down, the pictures are gone.
This species was posted on 28 December 2014 on these websites as Noumea romeri  Risbec, 1928.
The discovery by Rüdiger Bieler that the generic name Noumea was first introduced by Fauvel (1874) for a beetle means that the subsequent introduction by Risbec (1928) for a nudibranch is invalid. Therefore the next available generic name has to be used for the genus of nudibranchs, and that
is Verconia  Pruvot-Fol, 1931.
Bieler, R.; Bouchet, P.; Caballer, M. (2015). Verconia Pruvot-Fol, 1931. In: MolluscaBase (2015). Accessed through:
World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=533937 on 2016-02-02.
More information on Verconia romeri as Noumea romeri are on Bill Rudman's Sea-Slug Forum!
How to cite:
Köhler, E. (2021), published 8 February 2021, Verconia romeri (Risbec, 1928)
available from https://www.Philippine-Sea-Slugs.com/Nudibranchia/Doridina/Verconia_romeri.htm


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