Thursday, September 18, 2014

Species List: The Wall, Old Woman Island, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast, 14-09-2014

30 species sighted at The Wall, Old Woman Island, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast.

Julie, Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 97 minute and 1 x 79 minute dives in depths from 5m to 15m. 20c water temp and 8m viz. Very slight surge on the bottom.

Our original intention of diving the rocky reef area to the NW of the island was thwarted by the NE swell which would have created uncomfortable surge on that shallow site. Diving The Wall to the SW offered a calmer option. Most of the usual suspects were sighted. The silty base of the wall was devoid of sea slugs but the jumbled boulders up on the slope hid many of the finds. Caulerpa racemosa was growing in abundance and harbouring the Oxynoidae species Lobiger souverbii and Oxynoe viridis with the former in the greater number.

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

Ardeadoris aff. averni 8/3
Ardeadoris electra 1/-
Atys sp. 2 1/-
Chelidonura hirundinina 1/-
Chromodoris burni 1/-
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/1
Chromodoris striatella 2/1
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 3/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 6/2
Glossodoris vespa -/2
Goniobranchus kuniei 2/-
Goniobranchus splendidus -/1
Halgerda cf. willeyi 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/2
Hypselodoris obscura 1/-
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1/1
Jorunna sp. 3 1/1
Lobiger souverbii 1/8
Oxynoe viridis 1/1
Phyllidia ocellata 3/5
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/3
*Phyllidiella pustulosa 5/8
Phyllodesmium magnum -/1
Phyllodesmium sp. 2 2/-
Protaeolidiella juliae 1/-
Pteraeolidia ianthina 1/-
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/4
Thuridilla splendens 2/2
Tritoniopsis alba 2/-

Chromodoris kuiteri

Protaeolidiella juliae

Tritoniopsis alba - juvenile

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Thuridilla splendens

Hypselodoris obscura

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Ardeadoris aff. averni - a congregation

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Oxynoe viridis

Phyllidiella lizae

Substrate - jumbled boulders making up the wall

Surface conditions

Atys sp. 2

Dermatobranchus cf. primus - with 
yellow oral veil margin

Dermatobranchus cf. primus - without 
yellow oral veil margin

Phyllodesmium sp. 2 - in its typical half-buried pose

Goniobranchus kuniei

Ardeadoris electra

Halgerda cf. willeyi

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Chromodoris burni

Jorunna sp. 3

Chelidonura hirundinina

Phyllidia varicosa

Lobiger souverbii