Sunday, October 12, 2014

Species List: TJ's Boulders, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, 11-10-2014

48 species sighted at TJ's Boulders, Currimundi Reef, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast.

Julie, Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 75 minute and 1 x 68 minute dives in water depths of 17m to 21m. 10m viz, 22C water temp, no surge.

This site is one of our deepest on Currimundi Reef resulting in shorter dives. The reduced bottom time however did not hinder the sighting of species with the final count being one of our best for some time. Highlights include the unusual patterned form of Noumea alboannulata, Favorinus sp. 1, a colony of Phestilla melanobrachia and a Diversidoris crocea.

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

Aegires citrinus 1/-
Aplysia parvula 1/-
Ardeadoris aff. averni 7/2
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 1/-
Berthella martensi -/2
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/-
Chromodoris striatella 2/3
Cratena lineata -/1
Cratena simba -/1
Dendrodoris denisoni -/1
Dermatobranchus cf. primus -/1
Dermatobranchus ornatus 5/3
Diversidoris crocea 1/-
*Doriprismatica atromarginata 12/18
Favorinus sp. 1 1/-
Flabellina rubrolineata 1/3
Glossodoris vespa 1/-
Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus 3/-
Goniobranchus daphne 2/2
Goniobranchus geometricus 1/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 2/3
Gymnodoris alba 1/2
Hermaea sp. 2 -/1
Hermaea sp. 6 -/1
Hermaea sp. 7 -/13
Hypselodoris bullockii 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/1
Hypselodoris obscura 3/3
Jorunna sp. 3 -/2
Miamira sinuata 1/-
Nembrotha purpureolineata 1/-
Noumea alboannulata 1/-
Noumea simplex 1/-
Phestilla melanobrachia 6/-
Phyllidia ocellata 2/1
Phyllidia picta 1/1
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 3/3
Phyllodesmium macphersonae 2/-
Phyllodesmium sp. 2 -/1
Pleurobranchus peronii 1/-
Pteraeolidia ianthina 3/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 5/5
Sagaminopteron psychedelicum 1/-
Tambja tenuilineata 3/1
Tritoniopsis alba 3/4
Tylodina corticalis 8/5

Surface conditions

Phyllodesmium sp. 2

Tritoniopsis alba

Dendrodoris denisoni 

Hypselodoris bullockii

Noumea alboannulata

The "Swim Through" at the base 
of the southern boulder

Aegires citrinus

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Chromodoris kuiteri and the feeding scar 
on its sponge food source

Goniobranchus cf. reticulatus

Dermatobranchus ornatus


Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Hypselodoris obscura

Aplysia parvula

Nembrotha purpureolineata - feeding 
on an ascidian

Glossodoris vespa

Flabellina rubrolineata

Jorunna sp. 3 - a pair

Cratena lineata

Goniobranchus splendidus

Phyllidiella lizae

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Ardeadoris aff. averni

Berthella martensi

Phyllidia picta

Hermaea sp. 2

Hermaea sp. 6

Goniobranchus daphne 

Goniobranchus geometricus

Pleurobranchus peronii

Noumea simplex

Phestilla melanobrachia - one of six feeding 
on the Sunshine Coral polyps

Sagaminopteron psychedelicum

Miamira sinuata

Phyllodesmium macphersonae

Favorinus sp. 1 - in situ

Favorinus sp. 1 - on black

Sagaminopteron ornatum - a pair

Chromodoris striatella

Tambja tenuilineata

Gymnodoris alba

Tylodina corticalis

Hermaea sp. 7