Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Species List: Nudi Plateau on Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, 09-05-2016.

31 species sighted at Nudi Plateau on Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast.

Gary & David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 86 minute and 1 x 82 minute dives in water depths from 14.5 m to 17.5 m. 8 m viz, 24 C water temp and some surge. Although unable to dive himself Terry skippered us out and provided invaluable surface support.

It was our original intention to explore some other sites in proximity to Nudi Ledge however it transpired they were very close to the same site we dived last week. We did not see as many species as last time however this is most probably a result of having only half the number of divers searching. Nevertheless we did manage to find a species new to our list - Phyllidiella annulata. If truth be told we did not recognise it as such until we reviewed our images post dive. It may very well be that we have overlooked this species previously.

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

Aegires flores -/1
Ardeadoris angustolutea -/1
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 3/-
* Ardeadoris sp. 2 2/8
Atys semistriatus (shell) 1/-
Bornella anguilla 2/1
Bulbaeolidia alba 1/-
Chelidonura inornata 1/3
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Dermatobranchus oculus 2/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 6/3
Dermatobranchus rodmani 2/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 5/4
Goniobranchus albopunctatus -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus 1/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 4/2
Gonibranchus tinctorius 1/-
Hexabranchus sanguineus -/1
Hypselodoris bullockii -/2
Hypselodoris jacksoni 4/-
Hypselodoris obscura 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 2/2
Phyllidia varicosa 4/-
Phyllidiella annulata 1/- New species
Phyllidiella lizae 4/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 3/1
Phyllidiopsis burni 1/-
Pleurolidia juliae 3/1
Pteraeolidia semperi -/6
Sagaminopteron ornatum 3/-
Verconia decussata -/1

Surface conditions

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Atys semistriatus -shell

Bulbaeolidia alba

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllidiella annulata - New species

Goniobranchus splendidus

Phyllidia varicosa

Phyllidiella lizae

Goniobranchus geometricus

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Pteraeolidia semperi 

Goniobranchus albopunctatus

Bornella anguilla

Aegires flores

Substrate searching

Gonibranchus tinctorius

Dermatobranchus rodmani 

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Phyllidiopsis burni

Chromodoris kuiteri

Pleurolidia juliae

Chelidonura inornata

Hypselodoris bullockii - not mating 

Ardeadoris angustolutea

Verconia decussata