Saturday, July 9, 2016

Species List: TJ's Boulders Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 08-07-2016

31 species recorded Gary, Julie and Terry.

The three of us made 2 dives about 70 minutes each. This site is 16 - 20 m depth and very "target rich" and my computer said 20C water temp. There was a little current down on the bottom but that wasn't a problem there were lots of branchs. There were also some we haven't seen in quite a while.

The first dive was at the usual boulders and on the second dive we reeled out to the north-west and found it similar but the substrate was filled with lots of nudibranch food.

What was interesting was that there were many Cratena lineata aeolids found under disc shaped flat sponge(?).

All in all it was a perfect day and great conditions.

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

Ardeadoris sp. 2  5/10
Bornella anguilla -/2
Cadlinella ornatissima -/1
*Cratena lineata 8/11
Chromodoris striatella -/1
Dermatobranchus oculus 2/3
Dermatobranchus ornatus 2/4
Doriprismatica atromarginata 2/6
Eubranchus sp. 2 -/3
Flabellina rubrolineata 1/1
Glossodoris vespa -/1
Goniobranchus daphne 1/
Goniobranchus decorus -/1
Goniobranchus geometricus 1/2
Goniobranchus reticulatus 1/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 3/5
Hexabranchus sanguineus -/1
Hypselodoris emma 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 4/4
Hypselodoris maculosa 1/1
Hypselodoris obscura 1/8
Hypselodoris sp. 1/-
Nembrotha lineolata 2/-
Phestilla melanobrachia 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 3/3
Phyllidia picta -/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/-
Pleurobranchus peronii -/1
Pteraeolidia semperi 4/2
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/-
Tritoniopsis alba -/1

Surface conditions

Julie and Terry beginning the first dive

Nembrotha lineolata

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Substrate 2nd dive

Goniobranchus reticulatus juvenile

Cratena lineata

A beautiful ovulid

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus splendidus

Hypselodoris emma

Flabellina rubrolineata

Cratena lineata

Phyllidia picta

Tritoniopsis alba

Substrate 1st dive

Bornella anguilla

Glossodoris vespa

Hypselodoris obscura

Cadlinella ornatissima

Hexabranchus sanguineus 5 mm juvenile

Chromodoris striatella

Dermatobranchus oculus

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Eubranchus sp.

Goniobranchus decorus

Phyllidia ocellata

Hypselodoris sp. juvenile

Hypselodoris maculosa

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus geometricus

Hypselodoris jacksoni