Saturday, October 22, 2016

Species List: 19-10-2016, Shellacey Reef, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Queensland

39 species sighted at Shellacey Reef, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Queensland, 19-10-2016

Terry, Gary, David Hill and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 71 minute and 1 x 70 minute dives in water depths from 14 m to 17.7 m. 8 m viz, 21 C water temp and some surge but less so down in the deeper gutters..

We departed Mooloolaba Harbour on More Mischief deciding to head a little further offshore hoping to obtain better visibility than we had been experiencing of late. There were whales aplenty but also a sea surface covered with an algal bloom due to the calm conditions. There were a couple of species that we haven't sighted in quite awhile including Ardeadoris carlsoni, Ardeadoris sp. 1 & Chromodoris magnifica.

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

Aegires flores -/1
Ardeadoris carlsoni 1/-
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 2/-
Ardeadoris sp. 1 -/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2 2/2
Berthella martensi 1/-
Bornella anguilla -/1
Ceratosoma trilobatum -/1
Ceratosoma tenue 1/-
Chelidonura inornata -/1
Chromodoris elisabethina 3/5
Chromodoris magnifica 2/1
Chromodoris sp. 1 1/-
Cratena lineata 1/1
Dermatobranchus oculus 1/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 13/13
Glossodoris vespa 1/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/4
Hypselodoris jacksoni - 4/6
Hypselodoris maculosa 1/-
Hypselodoris maritima -/1
Hypselodoris obscura 1/1
Hypselodoris whitei 1/-
Hypselodoris zephyra -/1
Phyllidia elegans -/1
Phyllidia ocellata -/1
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/-
Phyllidiella pustulosa 3/5
Phyllidiopsis fissurata -/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/-
Sagaminopteron psychedelicum 2/1
Tambja tenuilineata -/1
Thorunna daniellae -/1
Thuridilla carlsoni 4/1
Thuridilla splendens 2/2
Tornatina sp. 1 -/1
Tylodina corticalis -/1
Verconia simplex -/1

Ardeadoris rubroannulata 

Chromodoris magnifica

Sagaminopteron psychedelicum

Chromodoris sp. 1

Cratena lineata

Berthella martensi

Chromodoris elisabethina

Hypselodoris maculosa

Chelidonura inornata

Ceratosoma trilobatum

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Phyllidia elegans

Hypselodoris maritima

Thorunna daniellae

Bornella anguilla


Hypselodoris whitei

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Thuridilla splendens

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Glossodoris vespa 

Dermatobranchus oculus

Ardeadoris carlsoni 

Ceratosoma tenue

Surface conditions

Hypselodoris zephyra

Tylodina corticalis

Tambja tenuilineata

Phyllidiopsis fissurata

Aegires flores

Goniobranchus splendidus

Tornatina sp. 1

Ardeadoris sp. 1 

Verconia simplex 

Phyllidia varicosa

Thuridilla carlsoni