Friday, April 25, 2014

Species list Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast 21-04-14

29 species found at Currimundi. Julie and Terry on this trip (David was still off enjoying the temperate climes of Tasmania). 2 x 70 min dives at Nudi Ledge, 1 x 25min dive at Horseshoe Bay and 1 x 57min dive at Shelly at Dickys in water depths from 7m to 17m, water temp 23 C, viz 10m.

Astounded at the unusually great Easter weather, Terry and Julie ventured forth on Good Friday for a spot of fishing out to Caloundra 9 Mile. The water out there was tropical deep blue, but with the bottom at 63m is a little beyond our preferred diving depth limits. So thus on Monday we headed to Currimundi for some diving. The water was not as clear, however with around 10m of viz was more than ample. Following 2 relaxing dives at Nudi Ledge with no surge, we decided to revisit a shallow spot (Horseshoe Bay) we had not been to for quite for some time. Although the swell was small, at only 7m depth the surge was uncomfortable, so despite the great viz and lovely healthy substrate, we called the dive after 25min and headed off the Shelly at Dickys. We opted to dive a slightly different location to normal which was not as rich with nudibranchs, but none the less interesting (and no surge).

Number of species sighted: 1st dive/2nd dive/3rd dive/4th dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Ardeadoris aff. averni 1
Bornella anguilla 2
Cadlinella ornatissima 1
Chromodoris kuiteri 3/2
Chromodoris splendida 1/1/-/2
Dermatobranchus ornatus 1/4/1/2
*Doriprismatica atromarginata 5/10/-/4
Goniobranchus collingwoodi -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus  /2
Goniodoridella savignyi 1
Gymnodoris alba 1
Haminoea sp. 4 1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 5/1
Hypselodoris obscura 2/1/-/5
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1
Jorunna parva 2/2
Mexichromis festiva -/-/3/-
Mexichromis macropus -/-/-/1
Phyllidia ocellata 1/2/-/2
Phyllidia picta 1
Phyllidiella lizae 2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 4/2
Phyllidiopsis burni -/1
Phyllodesmium sp. 2 (Genus) -/1
Pteraeolidia ianthina 1/2/-/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 2/4/1/-
Thuridilla carlsoni 1
Trinchesia ornata 1
Tritoniopsis alba 1/2

 Surface conditions

 Substrate Nudi Ledge

 Sagaminopteron ornatum

 Bornella anguilla

 Chromodoris kuiteri

Ardeadoris aff. averni

 Chromodoris splendida

 Tritoniopsis alba

  Phyllidia picta

 Phyllidiella lizae

 Jorunna parva

 Haminoea sp. 4

 Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Substrate Horseshoe Bay

Goniodoridella savignyi
 Gymnodoris alba

 Trinchesia ornata

 Cadlinella ornatissima

 Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Mexichromis macropus