Friday, August 29, 2014

Species List: Nudi Retreat, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, 19-08-2014

28 species sighted at Nudi Retreat, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast.

Terry & David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 86 minute and 1 x 85 minute dives in water depths of 13m to 17m. 19C water temp, 8m viz and no surge.

Its been 8 weeks since we last ventured forth for some dives from Terry's boat. Our overseas trip to Timor Leste, unsuitable weather, river dives, family commitments and engine repairs all contributing to the hiatus. There was a strong wind warning current but with the wind coming out of the WSW and our choice of an inshore dive site conditions were quite suitable. The Caloundra Bar was so flat it was difficult to discern exactly where the channel lay. The species count was fair with the Philinopsis lineolata and the pair of bubble shells providing something different of interest and as it turns out the Atys is a new species to our list as Atys sp. 6.

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

Acteocina sp. 1 -/1
Aplysia parvula -/1
Ardeadoris aff. averni 1/1
Atys sp. 6 1/- (New species)
Bornella anguilla -/1
Cadlinella ornatissima -/1
Chromodoris kuiteri -/4
Chromodoris striatella 1/-
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 1/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 3/1
Dermatobranchus rodmani 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 2/3
Flabellina rubrolineata 3/1
Glossodoris vespa -/1
Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus -/1
Goniobranchus daphne -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 3/5
Goniobranchus tinctorius 2/-
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/2
* Hypselodoris obscura 3/6
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 3/3
Philinopsis lineolata 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 2/3
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/1
* Pteraeolidia ianthina 6/3
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/5
Tritoniopsis alba 1/2

The lush substrate

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Philinopsis lineolata

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Ardeadoris aff. averni

Phyllidiella lizae

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Tritoniopsis alba

Bornella anguilla

Glossodoris vespa

Chromodoris kuiteri

Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus

Goniobranchus splendidus

Goniobranchus daphne

Phyllidia ocellata

Hypselodoris obscura

Hexabranchus sanguineus - showing the 
gills withdrawn into the separate pockets

Goniobranchus tinctorius

Chromodoris striatella

Atys sp. 6

Atys sp. 6

Flabellina rubrolineata

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Cadlinella ornatissima

Aplysia parvula

Acteocina sp. 1