Saturday, May 24, 2014

Species List: Flinders Reef (inside, western side), off Cape Moreton, SE Queensland, 23-05-2014

12 species sighted at Flinders Reef (inside, SW corner), off Cape Moreton, SE Queensland.

Julie, David Hill and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 98 minute and 1 x 88 minute dives in water depths from 8m to 14m. 15m viz, 22C water temp and little surge.

With the swell running at over 1.5m and having an aversion to deep short dives we opted to dive in the lee on the western side of Flinders Reef. No current, little surge and good viz however did not make up for the lack of nudibranchs at this particular site on the reef. Finding about 6 each dive also does not reflect the effort put into the search. About a third of species found were Thuridilla.

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

Costasiella kuroshimae -/1
Dendrodoris elongata -/1
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 1/-
Diversidoris crocea -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Hypselodoris obscura -/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/-
Protaeolidiella juliae 1/-
Thuridilla carlsoni -/1
* Thuridilla cf. gracilis 3/2
Thuridilla neona 1/-
Thuridilla splendens 1/-

Surface conditions


Hypselodoris obscura

Protaeolidiella juliae

Thuridilla splendens

Thuridilla neona

Thuridilla cf. gracilis

Diversidoris crocea

Dendrodoris elongata

Goniobranchus geometricus