Sunday, April 6, 2014

Species List: Flinders Reef- East, Off Cape Moreton, 05-04-2014

20 species found at Flinders Reef - East, off Cape Moreton.
Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 2 x 90 min dives in water depths of 12 m to 16 m. 20 m viz, 26 C water temp and surge.

It had been some time since Mischief was taken out due to a number of circumstances but with the conditions improving we had no excuse. Everything worked and worked first time. Conditions were almost perfect weather wise except for the surge which seemed much worse on the bottom and very tiresome to work in for an extended period. This contributed to the lower than expected species count but the consolation was finding two species, a Gymnodoris and a Sclerodoris, new to our count although the taking of close-ups of these proved difficult.

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

Berthellina citrina 2/-
* Chromodoris elisabethina 2/1
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Chromodoris lochi 2/-
Chromodoris strigata 1/-
Chromodoris willani -/1
Discodoris sp. 4 1/- (New species)
Doriprismatica atromarginata -/1
Favorinus japonicus 1/-
Goniobranchus tinctorius 1/-
* Gymnodoris sp. 7 -/3 (New species)
Hypselodoris bullockii -/1
Hypselodoris zephyra -/1
Phyllidia exquisita 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/-
Thuridilla livida 1/-
Thuridilla neona -/1
Thuridilla splendens -/1
Trinchesia ornata 1/-
Trinchesia sp. 9 -/1

Thuridilla splendens

Chromodoris elisabethina

Phyllidia exquisita

Hypselodoris zephyra


Surface conditions - little wind for sails

Chromodoris kuiteri

Thuridilla livida

Chromodoris strigata

Goniobranchus tinctorius

Chromodoris lochi

A pair of Berthellina citrina - space between 
all the feather and brittle stars 
is at a premium 

Chromodoris willani - white speckles 
to rhinophores and gills

Gymnodoris sp. 7

Gymnodoris sp. 7 - gills in an arc

Thuridilla neona

Trinchesia sp. 9

Trinchesia sp. 9

Trinchesia ornata

Favorinus japonicus

Discodoris sp. 4

Discodoris sp. 4

Discodoris sp. 4 - rhinophore close-up

Discodoris sp. 4 - view of foot and 
of mantle ventral side

Discodoris sp. 4 - anterior

Discodoris sp. 4 - gills