Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Species List: Kings Beach Boat Ramp, Sub-tidal, Caloundra, 10-11-2013

14 species found on a 2 hour + shore dive from Kings Beach Boat Ramp, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast.
8m viz, nil to light surge as we worked up to the point, 24C water temp, 2m to 4.5m depth.
Terry, Julie and David on this excursion.
The feeding Umbraculum umbraculum were a very nice find. Tritoniopsis alba were found in large numbers just offshore.
Our 554th species (Trinchesia sp. 20) found on this excursion. Somewhat similar to Trinchesia ornata but lacks the long tail, plus the anterior foot corners whilst rounded are not enlarged. Has distinctive black spots on cerata that the typical T. ornata found here always lacks.

- Number of that species this dive
* Species with highest specimen count this dive

Chromodoris splendida -10
Doriprismatica atromarginata -12
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Hypselodoris maritima -1
Hypselodoris obscura -7
Hypselodoris sagamiensis -1
Mexichromis festiva -6
Mexichromis trilineata -4
Phyllodesmium sp. 2 -1
Sagaminopteron ornatum -2
Trinchesia sp. 20 -1 (our 554th species)
*Tritoniopsis alba -20
Umbraculum umbraculum -2

Perfect surface conditions

Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus daphne

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Spawn - Umbraculum umbraculum

Umbraculum umbraculum, note yellow faecal pellets

Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Phyllodesmium sp. 2 - cerata c/up

Phyllodesmium sp. 2 - rhinophore c/up

Mexichromis trilineata

Mexichromis festiva

Chromodoris splendida

Mexichromis festiva

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Hypselodoris maritima

Trinchesia sp. 20 (our 554th species)

Trinchesia sp. 20

Trinchesia sp. 20

Trinchesia sp. 20 - foot anterior