Sunday, October 9, 2016

Species List: 08-10-2016, Nudi Ledge, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Qld

39 species sighted at Nudi Ledge, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 08-10-2016.

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 78 minute and 1 x 71 minute dives in water depths from 14 m to 17 m. 3 m viz, 21 C water temp and no surge.

Conditions on the Caloundra Bar were excellent for the crossing and whales were sunning themselves and teaching their calves how to breach, tail & fin slap as we made our way up to Currimundi Reef. The water here had a greenish hue just like we experienced off Coolum earlier in the week. Nevertheless despite the poor visibility we enjoyed yet another first-rate species count and more to the point sighted several species that are not common.

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

Ardeadoris sp. 2 8/2
Berthella martensi 1/1
Bornella anguilla 1/2
Cadlinella ornatissima 2/1
Chelidonura inornata 5/1
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/1
Chromodoris sp. 3 -/1
Cratena lineata -/2
Dermatobranchus ornatus 6/5
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -/1
Diversidoris crocea -/2
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 50/33
Elysia sp. 15  1/-
Glossodoris hikuerensis 1/-
Goniobranchus decorus 1/-
Goniobranchus geometricus 2/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/1
Goniodoridella savignyi 2/-
Hypselodoris bullockii 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 7/7
Hypselodoris maritima -/1
Hypselodoris obscura 1/5
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1/-
Pleurolidia juliae 3/-
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidia varicosa 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 2/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 3/3
Phyllidiopsis cardinalis 1/-
Phyllodesmium macphersonae 3/-
Pteraeolidia semperi -/1
Roboastra luteolineata -/2
Sagaminopteron ornatum 2/4
Thuridilla carlsoni 2/1
Trapania vitta -/2
Tritoniopsis alba 1/3
Tylodina corticalis 1/1
Verconia norba 1/-
Verconia simplex 1/-

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Hypselodoris bullockii

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Phyllidiopsis cardinalis

Tritoniopsis alba

Thuridilla carlsoni 

Glossodoris hikuerensis

Hypselodoris maritima

Cadlinella ornatissima

Phyllidia ocellata

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Berthella martensi

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Pleurolidia juliae

Hypselodoris jacksoni - mating pair

Goniobranchus geometricus

Elysia sp. 15

Elysia sp. 15

Elysia sp. 15

Goniodoridella savignyi

Chelidonura inornata

Diversidoris crocea - a pair

Cratena lineata

Roboastra luteolineata

Trapania vitta 

Substrate - through the green gloom

Phyllidiella pustulosa 

Phyllidiella lizae

Phyllodesmium macphersonae 

Phyllidia varicosa 

Tylodina corticalis

Verconia simplex

Goniobranchus splendidus

Goniobranchus decorus

Hypselodoris obscura - mating pair

Chromodoris sp. 3

Bornella anguilla

Surface conditions