Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 20-08-2015

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

Julie and Terry on this single shore entry dive of 117 minutes. Maximum depth of 6 m, 18 C water temperature and 5 m viz.

Great conditions in the river for this dive along the edge of La Balsa Park between the areas we dived on our previous two outings.  The species count is still low but is improving on each dive and the increasing benthic life, particularly hydroids, algae and even a couple of octocorals, is encouraging.  It was also nice to find a couple of new species for our list of finds in this area.  To the best of our knowledge, the Gymnodoris nigricolor has not been found in this area before.  Myja longicornis is a rare and difficult find in the area and to find three on the one dive is quite amazing.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Dendrodoris denisoni -1
Eubranchus sp. 13 -1 (new species)
Goniodoridella savignyi -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -6
Gymnodoris alba -1
Gymnodoris nigricolor -1 (new species)
Myja longicornis -3
Trinchesia cf. yamasui -1
Trinchesia sibogae -1
Trinchesia sp. 24 -1
*Unidentia angelvaldesi -26

Gymnodoris alba

 Goniodoridella savignyi - buried in substrate

 Trinchesia cf. yamasui

 Unidentia angelvaldesi

 Trinchesia sibogae

 Goniodoridella sp. 1

 Dendrodoris denisoni

 Trinchesia sp. 24

 Gymnodoris nigricolor

Gymnodoris nigricolor

 Myja longicornis

Eubranchus sp. 13 - found on the same 
hydroid as the Myja longicornis