Sunday, February 16, 2014

Species List: Nudi-3, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, 14-02-2014

40 species found at Nudi-3, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast.
Julie, Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 2 x 92 minute dives in water depths of 14m to 18m. 15m+ viz, 26C water temp and zero surge.

Surface conditions and visibility continue to favour us. Nudie-3 is another of the interesting sites located within the Currimundi Reef zone. It slopes gradually up out of the sand and provides a number of small individual ledges up into 14m of water depth. Highlights included finding a single Dermatobranchus dendronephthyphagus amongst all the D. ornatus, a pair of Favorinus tsuruganus manoeuvring to mate and a new species for us, Kaloplocamus peludo (species number 562).

Number of species sighted: 1st dive/2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Aegires citrinus -/2
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 1/-
Atys sp. (TBC) -/1
Bulbaeolidia alba -/1
Chromodoris splendida 3/3
Chromodoris striatella 1/-
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 2/-
Dermatobranchus dendronephthyphagus -/1
* Dermatobranchus ornatus 6/19
Dermatobranchus sp. 5 -/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 7/5
Elysia maoria -/1
Favorinus tsuruganus -/2
Flabellina rubrolineata 1/1
Glossodoris vespa 4/1
Goniobranchus albonares 1/-
Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus 2/-
Goniobranchus collingwoodi -/1
Goniobranchus daphne -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus 1/-
Gymnodoris alba -/1
Halgerda albocristata -/1
Hypselodoris bullockii 2/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/-
Hypselodoris obscura 2/1
Kaloplocamus peludo 1/- (our 562nd species)
Marionia cyanobranchiata 1/-
Miamira sinuata 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 3/4
Phyllidia picta -/1
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 2/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/1
Phyllidiopsis burni -/1
Phyllodesmium magnum 1/-
Pteraeolidia ianthina 1/9
Roboastra luteolineata 3/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 9/1
Tritoniopsis alba 1/1
Tylodina corticalis -/1

Surface conditions - overcast but ideal

Phyllidiella lizae

Chromodoris splendida

Marionia cyanobranchiata

Hypselodoris obscura

Hypselodoris bullockii

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Goniobranchus albonares

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

Dermatobranchus dendronephthyphagus

Dermatobranchus dendronephthyphagus

Tylodina corticalis

Phyllidia picta

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Favorinus tsuruganus - mating

Phyllidia varicosa

Atys sp. (TBC)

Gymnodoris alba

Roboastra luteolineata

Sagaminopteron ornatum

The richly covered substrate

Chromodoris splendida - no blotches

Glossodoris vespa

Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus

Miamira sinuata

Goniobranchus geometricus

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Phyllodesmium magnum

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Tritoniopsis alba

Flabellina rubrolineata

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Goniobranchus daphne

Favorinus tsuruganus

Favorinus tsuruganus

Elysia maoria 

Bulbaeolidia alba

Halgerda albocristata

Marionia cyanobranchiata -head shot

Aegires citrinus

Phyllidia ocellata

Kaloplocamus peludo 
(our 562nd species)

Kaloplocamus peludo - head shot

Kaloplocamus peludo - in the lab