Sunday, January 10, 2016

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 07-01-2016

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

Julie and David on this single shore entry dive of 160 minutes. Maximum depth 6.3 m, 26 C water temperature and 2 m viz.

The neap tides whilst allowing us longer submersions do not carry away any silt disturbance and we often find ourselves in a hazy cloud of our own making. A couple of not-so-common species were found together with new additions, number 636 & 637, for our Sunshine Coast list - Trapania japonica and Lomanotus sp. 5.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Analogium amakusanum -1
* Flabellina angelvaldesi -56
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus decorus -2
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniobranchus splendidus -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -5
Gymnodoris sp. 1 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -18
Lomanotus sp. 5 -1
Phyllodesmium opalescens -1
Pleurobranchus weberi -2
Pteraeolidia semperi -20
Trapania japonica -1 (New species)
Trinchesia yamasui -1

Goniobranchus splendidus 

Goniobranchus decorus

Gymnodoris sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura

Pteraeolidia semperi with eggs

Trapania japonica - New species

Surface conditions & sunset

Analogium amakusanum

Goniobranchus daphne - A pair with eggs

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus geometricus

 Flabellina angelvaldesi

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Trinchesia yamasui with eggs

Phyllodesmium opalescens

Lomanotus sp. 5 - New species

Pleurobranchus weberi