Friday, October 10, 2014

Species List: Near Aladdin's Cave, eastern side Flinders Reef, off Cape Moreton, 06-10-2014

34 species sighted near Aladdin's Cave, eastern side of Flinders Reef, off Cape Moreton.

Julie, Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 88 minute & 1 x 83 minute dives in water depths of 10m to 15m. 21C water temp, 25m viz and some surge.

It has been well over 4 months since we last ventured out to Flinders Reef in Mischief. Surface conditions were great and whales were sighted to the left, whales were sighted to the right and dolphins up ahead. Highlights include the finding of the not-so-common species Glossodoris cincta, Phestilla melanobrachia, Favorinus sp. 2, and our latest new species: Hoplodoris sp. 2

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

Aegires flores 1/-
Bornella anguilla -/1
Bulbaeolidia alba 1/-
Chromodoris elisabethina 4/3
Chromodoris boucheti -/1
Chromodoris strigata -/1
Costasiella kuroshimae -/2
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 1/
Dermatobranchus rodmani -/1
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus -/1
*Doriprismatica atromarginata 6/3
Elysia ornata -/1
Elysia sp. 5 2/-
Favorinus sp. 2 -/1
Flabellina bicolor -/1
Glossodoris cincta -/1
Goniobranchus decorus 1/-
Gymnodoris okinawae -/1
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hoplodoris sp. 2 1/- (New species)
Hypselodoris maculosa 2/-
Hypselodoris maritima 1/-
Hypselodoris obscura 1/-
Phestilla melanobrachia 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata -/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/-
Pleurobranchus peronii 1/-
Protaeolidiella juliae -/1
Pteraeolidia ianthina -/1
Thorunna daniellae 1/-
Thuridilla cf. gracilis 1/1
Thuridilla neona 1/-
Thuridilla splendens -/1
Tylodina corticalis 1/-

Thuridilla cf. gracilis

Aegires flores

Tylodina corticalis

Glossodoris cincta

A rich and diverse substrate

Phyllidia ocellata

Hypselodoris maritima

Bornella anguilla

Chromodoris elisabethina

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Looking south to the Cape

Looking east to the reef

Hypselodoris maculosa

Hexabranchus sanguineus - juvenile

Phestilla melanobrachia

Goniobranchus decorus

Hypselodoris obscura

Hoplodoris sp. 2 (New species)

Pleurobranchus peronii

Elysia sp. 5 - Juvenile

Thuridilla neona

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

Thorunna daniellae

Chromodoris strigata

Elysia ornata

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Chromodoris boucheti

Favorinus sp. 2 

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Gymnodoris okinawae

Costasiella kuroshimae

Protaeolidiella juliae

Thuridilla splendens