Monday, June 27, 2016

Species List: Shelly & Nudi Retreat, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 26-06-2016

24 species sighted at two sites off Currimundi, Sunshine Coast Queensland.

Gary and Julie on the first dive of 87 minutes, 10 m viz., at Shelly, a small reef out from Ann Street, Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Terry acted as surface watch for this one because of a minor gear failure. Although the fish life was interesting, some large sweetlips and cod, the nudibranchs were few and far between so a decision was made to have the second dive at Nudi Retreat, Currimundi Reef.

Gary, Julie and Terry on the second dive of 74 minutes, 15 m viz, at Nudi Retreat. The surge here made finding critters difficult so the tally of 24 species over the two dives is quite respectable. It was nice to find the Hallaxa translucens, a species we do not get to see very often.

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

Aegires citrinus 0/1
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 0/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2 0/2
Bornella anguilla 1/1
Chromodoris kuiteri 0/1
Dermatobranchus ornatus 1/2
*Doriprismatica atromarginata 2/14
Glossodoris vespa 0/1
Goniobranchus geometricus 0/1
Goniobranchus reticulatus 1/0
Goniobranchus splendidus 0/6
Hallaxa translucens 0/3
Hexabranchus sanguineus 0/1
Hypselodoris apolegma 0/2
Hypselodoris jacksoni 3/6
Hypselodoris obscura 2/0
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/3
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/2
Pteraeolidia semperi 1/0
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/0
Tritoniopsis alba 0/1
Tylodina corticalis 0/1
Verconia norba 0/1

 Surface conditions

 Julie & Terry - drysuits a 
necessity as water temperatures drop

 Sagaminopteron ornatum

 Phyllidiella pustulosa

 Substrate - Shelly

 Goniobranchus reticulatus

 Hypselodoris jacksoni - mating

 Substrate - Shelly

 Dermatobranchus ornatus

 Hypselodoris obscura

 Tylodina corticalis

 Phyllidia ocellata

 Phyllidiella lizae
 Substrate - Nudi Retreat

 Bornella anguilla

Hallaxa translucens