Monday, May 30, 2016

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 28-05-2016.

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

Julie, Terry Gary & David on this single shore entry dive of 141 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 23 C water temperature and 4 m viz.

It beggars belief that we can dive the same site over and over again and as well as seeing the usual suspects we can still turn up something new to add to our list. So it was on this dive when Trapania miltabrancha was discovered on a kamptozoan (entoprocts) encrusted sponge. A small Lomanotus specimen was found on a hydroid but being so small and somewhat damaged it is difficult to accurately identify. It has some similarities to our Lomanotus sp. 1 so we have listed it under that name for now.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Elysia pusilla -1
Elysia sp. 11 -1
* Flabellina angelvaldesi -100+
Flabellina sp. 4 -2
Goniobranchus daphne -5
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniobranchus reticulatus -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -50+
Gymnodoris nigricolor -1
Hypselodoris obscura -2
Jorunna parva -1
Lomanotus sp. 1 -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -11
Sebadoris fragilis -1
Trapania miltabrancha -1  New species
Trinchesia sibogae -2
Verconia simplex -1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus decorus

Flabellina angelvaldesi 

Sebadoris fragilis

Gymnodoris nigricolor

Elysia pusilla

Trinchesia sibogae - juvenile

Hypselodoris obscura

Trapania miltabrancha - New species

Elysia sp. 11 - missing tail

Goniobranchus daphne 

Flabellina sp. 4


Pteraeolidia semperi

Verconia simplex

Jorunna parva

Goniobranchus reticulatus