Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Species List: Dakota, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, 19-09-2014

37 species sighted at Dakota, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast.

Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 94 minute and 1 x 82 minute dives in water depths of 13m to 15m. 15m viz, 20C water temp, no surge.

This is a new site for us on Currimundi Reef picked up on the sounder that morning. The underwater terrain reminded Terry of the rolling hills of Dakota (don't know if that is first-hand experience or just a wasted youth watching too many cowboy and indian movies) being a series of gentle folds in the reef with scattered rocks and old coral plates lying in the shallow gutters providing shelter for the more reclusive species. The Goniodoris sp. 3 is a new species to our list. It possesses a very fine edged mantle that is cupped up in an hour glass shape around the rhinophores and gills. Found deep in algal turf.

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

Ardeadoris aff. averni 3/2
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 1/1
Berthella martensi 2/-
Bornella anguilla 1/-
Cadlinella ornatissima -/2
Chelidonura electra -/1
Chromodoris striatella -/5
Colpodaspis thompsoni  1/-
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 1/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 2/3
Doriprismatica atromarginata 3/6
Elysia sp. 5 -/1
Goniobranchus daphne 2/-
Goniobranchus geometricus 3/3
Goniobranchus splendidus 3/4
Goniodoris sp. 3 -/1 (New species)
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/2
Hypselodoris obscura  3/4
Hypselodoris sagamiensis -/1
Ilbia ilbi  -/1
Marionia cyanobranchiata -/1
Nembrotha lineolata 2/1
Nembrotha purpureolineata 2/-
Noumea norba -/1
Phestilla sp. 1 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
Phyllodesmium crypticum 2/-
Roboastra luteolineata 1/-
Runcina sp. 2 -/1
Runcina sp. 5 -/1
*Sagaminopteron ornatum 7/7
Tambja tenuilineata 2/2
Thorunna daniellae -/1
Tritoniopsis alba -/1

Berthella martensi

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Nembrotha lineolata

Goniobranchus splendidus

Nembrotha purpureolineata

Ardeadoris aff. averni

Tambja tenuilineata

Bornella anguilla

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Noumea norba

Phyllidiella lizae 

Goniobranchus geometricus

Tritoniopsis alba

Hypselodoris obscura

Cadlinella ornatissima

Phyllidia ocellata

Chromodoris striatella

Ilbia ilbi

Runcina sp. 2

Runcina sp. 5


Phestilla sp. 1

Phyllodesmium crypticum

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Colpodaspis thompsoni

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Chelidonura electra

Elysia sp. 5

Thorunna daniellae

Marionia cyanobranchiata

Goniodoris sp. 3 (New species)

Goniodoris sp. 3 - in situ burrowing 
through the algal turf