Friday, July 29, 2016

Species List: Nudi 3, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 27-07-2016

35 species sighted at Nudi 3, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 27-07-2016

Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 92 minute and 1 x 81 minute dives in water depths from 14 m to 17 m. 25 m viz (measured), 19 C water temp and no surge.

The westerly winds have knocked down any remaining swell allowing us a good run across the bar and up the coast to the dive site. It's time to do the rounds of all the "Nudi" sites again and Nudi 3 is first off the mark. The viz is the best it's been for a long long time giving us an incredible vista for a Currimundi site. A good swag of species again. A Dermatobranchus we have called sp. 9 appears to be a new species in exhibiting a combination of features that we haven't seen before. Trapania euryeia is a species we rarely sight, this time being found under a plate type sponge eating kamptozoans (entoprocts). The one labelled Dermatobranchus sp. 7 is different to those seen previously having a blue/grey mantle but still a white oral veil.

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

Aegires flores 1/-
Aegires gardineri 1/-
Ardeadoris sp. 2  3/6
Bornella anguilla 1/1
Chromodoris elisabethina 3/-
Chromodoris striatella -/1
Cratena lineata -/2
Dermatobranchus fasciatus 1/-
Dermatobranchus oculus 3/5
Dermatobranchus ornatus 3/4
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -/1 (Blue/grey mantle ??)
Dermatobranchus sp. 9 -/1 (New species)
Dermatobranchus tuberculatus -/1
*Doriprismatica atromarginata 21/26
Glossodoris vespa 1/1
Goniobranchus daphne -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus 2/2
Goniobranchus reticulatus -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 4/4
Goniodoridella savignyi -/2
Gymnodoris alba -/1
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 8/5
Hypselodoris obscura 1/-
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 3/-
Phyllidia ocellata 2/2
Phyllidia picta 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 3/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/2
Pleurolidia juliae 3/-
Pteraeolidia semperi 2/2
Sagaminopteron ornatum 3/2
Tornatina sp. 1  1/-
Trapania euryeia -/2
Trinchesia sp. 3  1/-

Trapania euryeia

Trapania euryeia - taxonomic

Dermatobranchus sp. 9 - New species

Dermatobranchus sp. 9 - taxonomic

Surface conditions

Pteraeolidia semperi

Chromodoris striatella

Cratena lineata 

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Goniobranchus splendidus

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Hypselodoris jacksoni 

Phyllidiella lizae

Goniobranchus geometricus

Aegires flores

Pleurolidia juliae

Phyllidia picta

Phyllidia ocellata

Dermatobranchus fasciatus

Dermatobranchus oculus

Tornatina sp. 1



Trinchesia sp. 3

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Aegires gardineri 

Bornella anguilla

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 (Blue/grey mantle ??)

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Goniobranchus daphne

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Dermatobranchus tuberculatus

Glossodoris vespa

Gymnodoris alba

Monday, July 25, 2016

Species List: Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 24-07-2016

11 species sighted at the Fish Cage site, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 24-07-2016

Terry and Gary on this excursion consisting of 1 x 129 minute dive in water depth of 6 m. 12 m viz, 20 C water temp.

It was a perfect winters day, light northerly wind blowing and very clear water.

The large numbers of Flabellina angelvaldesi are still proof the food source is abundant.

Number of each species sighted after the name.
* Species with highest specimen count

Eubranchus sp. 10  2
* Flabellina angelvaldesi  144
Flabellina sp. 4  3
Goniobranchus daphne  5
Goniobranchus reticulatus  1
Goniodoridella savignyi  3
Goniodoridella sp. 1  17
Hypselodoris obscura  7
Pleurobranchus weberi  2
Pteraeolidia semperi  13
Trinchesia sp. 23  2

Hypselodoris obscura

Flabellina angelvaldesi

Entry site to Fish Cage

Flabellina angelvaldesi

Goniodoridella savignyi

The substrate

Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus daphne

Flabellina sp. 4

Eubranchus sp. 10

Trinchesia sp. 23

The Fish Cage

Pseudoceros sp. flat worm

Unknown Ovulid

Goniodoridella savignyi

Pleurobranchus weberi mating pair

Eubranchus sp. 10

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus reticulatus