Thursday, September 17, 2015

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland,13-09-2015

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

Julie, Terry and David on this single shore entry night dive of 114 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 20 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

A couple of new finds for the river habitat were sighted. One of these, Sclerodoris sp. 9 is also a new addition to our Sunshine Coast list. The Dendrodoris denisoni is obviously well fed measuring 130 mm. Even though we were diving later than our previous nighttime immersions there were still no pleurobranchs or bubble shells to be seen.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Chelidonura fulvipunctata   -1
Dendrodoris denisoni   -1
Eubranchus sp. 13   -5
Lomanotus sp. 2   -1
Myja longicornis   -1
Sakuraeolis nungunoides   -3
Sclerodoris sp. 9   -1 (New species)
Trinchesia cf. yamasui   -9
* Unidentia angelvaldesi   -18

 Unidentia angelvaldesi

Trinchesia cf. yamasui hanging down 
on the hydroids like bats

Sclerodoris sp. 9

Dendrodoris denisoni

Sakuraeolis nungunoides

Lomanotus sp. 2

Sakuraeolis nungunoides with 
Myja longicornis sitting behind