Monday, May 23, 2016

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 22-05-2016

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

Julie, Terry & David on this single shore entry dive of 140 minutes. Maximum depth 5.7 m, 22 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

Flabellina angelvaldesi are still present in plague proportions such that we stopped counting them at 150. A couple of infrequently sighted species were seen. A pair of Phyllodesmium opalescens were found under a rock. They looked a little different with some features of the similar looking and recently described (2014) Phyllodesmium undulatum however we do not think it is that species. Water temperature is now down to 22 C that for slow long dives is starting to become uncomfortable.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Bulbaeolidia alba -1
Carminodoris nodulosa -1
* Flabellina angelvaldesi -150+
Flabellina rubrolineata -1
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -9
Goniobranchus decorus -2
Goniobranchus splendidus -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp.1 -18
Goniodoridella sp. 3 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -9
Jorunna parva -2
Phidiana bourailli -5
Phyllodesmium opalescens -2
Pleurobranchus weberi -5
Pteraeolidia semperi -20
Rostanga sp. 1 -1
Trinchesia sp. 23 -1
Verconia simplex -1

Jorunna parva

Flabellina angelvaldesi - colour form 
with some cerata white

Flabellina angelvaldesi - most typical presentation

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Goniobranchus splendidus

Goniodoridella sp.1

Phyllodesmium opalescens


Goniodoridella savignyi

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniodoridella sp. 3 -Teeny-tiny sitting 
on the tip of a glove finger

Rostanga sp. 1

Trinchesia sp. 23

Carminodoris nodulosa

Verconia simplex

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Bulbaeolidia alba

Goniobranchus decorus

Phidiana bourailli

Pleurobranchus weberi - mating pair

Pteraeolidia semperi - pale juvenile

Goniobranchus daphne