Saturday, April 30, 2016

Species List: NW Reef, Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, 17-04-2016

34 species sighted at NW Reef, Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast.

Julie, Terry, Gary & David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 102 minute and 1 x  93 minute dives in water depths of 10 m to 12 m. 8 m viz, 25 C water temp and surge.

We had arranged to dive the La Balsa Park site in the Mooloolah River but in one of those inspired moments Terry read between the lines of the weather forecast and suggested diving Old Woman Island would be possible. We took him up on the offer and four keen branchers headed to the Island. As it transpired the weather could not have been much better, the viz too was ok. The only blight on the day was contending with the surge in 11 m of water. This may have something to do with the lack of surge experienced in all our river dives of late. It seemed at the time that our finds at the island were few and far between however on combining our sighting we came up with an excellent count of 34 species. Reviewing our images on return turned up three species new to our list. Altogether an excellent result. This site continues to deliver - with effort.

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

Ardeadoris sp. 2 1/1
Berthellina citrina 2/5
Bornella anguilla 1/-
Chromodoris striatella 1/1
Cratena simba 1/-
Dendrodoris fumata -/1
Dermatobranchus oculus 1/1
Dermatobranchus sp. 8 2/1  Our 660th species
Diversidoris sp. 1 1/-  Our 662nd species
Doriprismatica atromarginata 3/2
Elysia sp. 11 1/-
Flabellina bicolor 2/-
Goniobranchus reticulatus -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/3
Goniodoridella savignyi 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni -/2
Hypselodoris obscura 1/-
Hypselodoris sagamiensis -/1
Hypselodoris whitei -/1
Miamira magnifica 1/-
Phyllida coelestis -/1
Phyllida elegans -/1
Phyllidia exquisita 2/2
Phyllidia ocellata -/1
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella cooraburrama -/1 Our 661st species
Phyllidiella lizae -/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/3
Thorunna daniellae -/1
Thuridilla carlsoni 3/1
Thuridilla sp. 1 1/-
* Thuridilla splendens 5/7
Tornatina sp. 1 -/1
Tritoniopsis alba 1/-

Miamira magnifica

Flabellina bicolor

Phyllidia ocellata

Hypselodoris whitei 

Off the NW side of Old Woman Island

Hypselodoris obscura

Berthellina citrina

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Tornatina sp. 1

Dermatobranchus sp. 8 - our 660th species

Phyllidia varicosa

Chromodoris striatella

Phyllidiella lizae


Diversidoris sp. 1 - our 662nd species

Goniobranchus splendidus

Ardeadoris sp. 2

A gaggle of Thuridilla splendens

Thuridilla splendens

Thuridilla carlsoni 

Dendrodoris fumata

Phyllidia exquisita

Thorunna daniellae

Phyllidiella cooraburrama - our 661st species