Monday, September 22, 2014

Species List: Cobb's, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, 16/09/2014

30 species sighted at Cobb's, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, 16/09/2014

Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 83 minute and 1 x 73 minute dives in water depths of 14 to 18m. 21C water temperature, 12m viz and no surge.

The reasonable visibility experienced north of Mooloolaba of late gave us cause to hope that a similar situation would exist on Currimundi Reef so we agreed that diving on a little-visited site should be the aim. We failed to anchor directly over the chosen site and so for the first dive were in slightly deeper water. On the second dive Terry undertook a little exploration and managed to find the intended site and also as a consequence a lot more species to add to our count for the day.

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

Aplysia parvula 2/-
Ardeadoris aff. averni 2/2
Ardeadoris averni -/1
Ardeadoris rubroannulata -/1
Chelidonura inornata 1/-
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 2/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 3/-
Dermatobranchus rodmani 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata -/4
Elysia maoria 1/1
Flabellina rubrolineata 1/-
Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus -/1
Goniobranchus daphne 4/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/2
Hexabranchus sanguineus -/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 3/2
* Hypselodoris obscura 3/4
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1/-
Hypselodoris zephyra -/1
Lobiger souverbii -/3
Nembrotha lineolata -/1
Oxynoe viridis -/2
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/3
Pleurobranchus peronii 1/-
Sagaminopteron ornatum -/4
Tambja tenuilineata 2/-
Tambja victoriae 1/-
Tritoniopsis alba 1/-

Aplysia parvula

Goniobranchus daphne

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Tritoniopsis alba

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Ardeadoris averni

Elysia maoria

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Goniobranchus splendidus 
with the usual red blotches

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Phyllidiella lizae

Nembrotha lineolata

Lobiger souverbii

Hypselodoris obscura

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Oxynoe viridis

Surface conditions

Pleurobranchus peronii - juvenile

Tambja victoriae

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Flabellina rubrolineata

Chelidonura inornata

Tambja tenuilineata

Phyllidia varicosa

Hypselodoris zephyra

Goniobranchus splendidus 
without any red blotches