Sunday, October 9, 2016

Species List: 06-10-2016, Terry's Delight, Arkwright Shoals, off Point Arkwright, Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Qld

46 species sighted at Terry's Delight, Arkwright Shoals, off Point Arkwright, Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 06-10-2016.

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 77 minute and 1 x 86 minute dives in water depths from 13.5 m to 16.5 m. 6 m viz, 21 C water temp and no surge.

We haven't dived this site since our night dive there back in May. The visibility was poor (green water) but the sea slugs were in abundance. This was a shake-down dive trip on the refurbished More Mischief - so much deck space to spread out our gear.

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

Aegires flores  3/6
Ardeadoris sp. 2  8/3
Berthella martensi  1/1
Bornella anguilla  0/1
Bulbaeolidia alba  1/-
Chelidonura inornata  2/2
Chromodoris colemani  0/1
Chromodoris elisabethina  3/-
Chromodoris kuiteri  1/0
Chromodoris lochi  0/1
Chromodoris striatella  1/-
Cratena lineata  1/-
Colpodaspis thompsoni  2/-
Dermatobranchus oculus  1/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus  -/3
* Doriprismatica atromarginata  44/41
Elysia pusilla  1/0
Elysia sp. 11  1/0
Glossodoris vespa  2/1
Goniobranchus albopunctatus  0/1
Goniobranchus leopardus  1/0
Goniobranchus splendidus  4/1
Hexabranchus sanguineus  1/1
Hypselodoris godeffroyana  1/0
Hypselodoris jacksoni  10/14
Hypselodoris maritima  0/1
Hypselodoris obscura  4/13
Hyspelodoris sp. 3  1/-
Hypselodoris tryoni  -/1
Hypselodoris whitei  2/1
Hypselodoris zephyra  1/-
Phyllidia ocellata  1/1
Phyllidia varicosa  1/-
Phyllidiella lizae  2/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa  2/5
Pteraeolidia semperi  -/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum  9/12
Tambja sp. 1  -/1
Tambja victoriae  4/1
Thuridilla splendens  3/3
Trinchesia sibogae  -/1
Trinchesia sp. 1  0/1
Trinchesia sp. 33  1/0
Tritoniopsis alba  2/2
Tylodina corticalis  2/1
Verconia simplex  0/1

The Departure

Goniobranchus splendidus

Hypselodoris obscura

The rich substrate

Trinchesia sp. 33 

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Phyllidia ocellata

Elysia pusilla 

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Ardeadoris sp. 2 

Chromodoris kuiteri 

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Thuridilla splendens

Tambja victoriae

Aegires flores

Hypselodoris whitei 

Elysia sp. 11

Phyllidiella lizae

Bornella anguilla

Tritoniopsis alba

Goniobranchus albopunctatus 

Chromodoris lochi

Verconia simplex

Chromodoris colemani

Chelidonura inornata

Trinchesia sp. 1

Tylodina corticalis

Goniobranchus splendidus  - wandering 
the verdant substrate

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Glossodoris vespa

Hexabranchus sanguineus - anterior aspect

Hypselodoris tryoni 

Surface interval entertainment

Dermatobranchus oculus

Phyllidia varicosa

Hypselodoris zephyra

Berthella martensi 

Hyspelodoris sp. 3 - juvenile

Hypselodoris godeffroyana

Chromodoris striatella

Hypselodoris maritima

Bulbaeolidia alba 

Tambja sp. 1 - rare & elusive

Trinchesia sibogae

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Colpodaspis thompsoni - a pair

Chromodoris elisabethina

Goniobranchus leopardus