Friday, September 12, 2014

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 07-09-2014

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

This is our 400th Post on the Nudibranch Central Blog
Thanks and praise to Gary Cobb who had the idea, kicked it off and persevered with it.

Julie, Terry, and David on this single shore entry night dive of 98 minutes in depths to 6.4m. 3m viz and 19C water temp.

Sunday's high tide peaked at just before 19:00 giving us an opportunity of a later night dive in the hope of spotting some nocturnal species. We entered the water at the upstream set of stairs just as a light shower scudded over. Unidentia angelvaldesi appeared in the mix again probably indicating they, or their food source, prefers this section of the river rather than closer to the mouth. Fortune has smiled upon us once more with the finding of two species new to our list: Elysia sp. 12 and Trinchesia sp. 25.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena lineata 1
Elysia sp. 12 1 (New species)
Facelina sp. 3 1
Flabellina rubrolineata 2
Goniobranchus daphne 1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 1
Hypselodoris obscura 3
Lomanotus sp. 3 2
Phyllodesmium opalescens 1
Philinopsis speciosa 1
Pteraeolidia ianthina 3
Rostanga sp. 1 1
Trinchesia sp. 25 2 (New species)
Trinchesia yamasui 2
*Unidentia angelvaldesi 9

Surface shot showing the lights of 2 of us 
still searching the river bottom.

Facelina sp. 3

Lomanotus sp. 3

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Elysia sp. 12 (New species)

Goniodoridella sp. 1
(This specimen has a totally different skin texture 
to the standard specimens we find here)

Cratena lineata

Trinchesia yamasui

Goniobranchus daphne

Flabellina rubrolineata

Phyllodesmium opalescens

Unidentia angelvaldesi

Philinopsis speciosa

Rostanga sp. 1 

Rostanga sp. 1 

Trinchesia sp. 25 (New species)