Saturday, September 6, 2014

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 05-09-2014

10 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast.

Julie, Terry, and David on this single shore entry sunset dive of 95 minutes in depths to 6.4m. 4m viz and 19C water temp.

The river looked invitingly clear considering the recent rainfall in the catchment however in the water it did not live up to expectations with the viz at best 4m. The number of species was certainly down on our last immersion here both in species numbers and population of those species and we had the same general feeling about the fish life as well. We were just glad however to be diving again. We feel the Gymnodoris is different from Gymnodoris alba. It is similar to a couple we saw on our previous dive in the river.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena lineata 1
*Goniobranchus daphne 6
Goniobranchus geometricus 1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 1
Gymnodoris alba ? 2
Hydatina physis 1
Hypselodoris obscura 1
*Pleurobranchus weberi 6
Pteraeolidia ianthina 4
Trinchesia yamasui 1

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Trinchesia yamasui

Gymnodoris alba ?

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniobranchus geometricus

Hypselodoris obscura

Cratena lineata

Pleurobranchus weberi

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Hydatina physis