Friday, November 18, 2016

Species List: 16-11-2016, NW Reef, Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

45 Species sighted at NW Reef, Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 16-11-2016.

Terry, Gary, David Hill and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 96 minute and 1 x 89 minute dives in water depths from 9 m to 13 m. 6 m viz , 23 C water temp and little surge.

Good surface conditions and reasonable visibility greeted us at one of our favourite Mudjimba Island dive sites although the water had a distinct green hue probably as a result of the weekend storms. Good numbers recorded again with some not-so-common species including Dendrodoris sp. 4, Hallaxa translucens and Verconia haliclona to name a few. It was not until the images were reviewed post dive that it was realised we had two new finds to add to our Sunshine Coast records - Atagema sp. 2 and Trinchesia sp. 39.

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

Aplysia parvula 1/-
Ardeadoris sp. 2 1/1
Atagema sp. 2 -/1 (New species)
Bornella anguilla 1/-
Bulbaeolidia alba 1/-
Chelidonura hirundinina 2/1
Chelidonura inornata 4/-
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/-
Chromodoris sp. 1 -/1
Chromodoris sp. 3 1/-
Costasiella kuroshimae -/1
Dendrodoris fumata -/2
Dendrodoris nigra -/1
Dendrodoris sp. 4 -/1 (Previously D. elongata)
Dermatobranchus oculus 2/1
Dermatobranchus sp. 8 5/-
Discodoris lilacina -/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 27/7
Elysia sp. 11 1/-
Glossodoris vespa 3/5
Goniobranchus collingwoodi 1/-
Goniobranchus decorus 1/3
Goniobranchus splendidus 9/3
Hallaxa translucens -/3
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/2
Hypselodoris maritima 1/-
Hypselodoris tryoni 1/-
Kaloplocamus acutus -/1
Marionia cyanobranchiata 1/-
Mexichromis mariei -/1
Nembrotha lineolata 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 1/-
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 4/2
Phyllodesmium crypticum 1/2
Siphopteron sp. 1 1/-
Thuridilla albopustulosa -/1
Thuridilla neona -/1
Thuridilla splendens 7/6
Trapania vitta 1/-
Trinchesia sp.39 1/- (New species)
Verconia haliclona 1/-
Verconia laboutei 2/-
Verconia norba 1/-
Verconia simplex 2/2

Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Aplysia parvula

Verconia norba

Marionia cyanobranchiata

Hypselodoris maritima 

Verconia laboutei

Siphopteron sp. 1

Dermatobranchus sp. 8

Chromodoris sp. 3

Discodoris lilacina

Dendrodoris sp. 4 

Dendrodoris nigra

Phyllodesmium crypticum

Thuridilla albopustulosa

Kaloplocamus acutus

Dendrodoris fumata

Hallaxa translucens

Chelidonura hirundinina


Bulbaeolidia alba

Chelidonura inornata

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Dermatobranchus oculus

Thuridilla splendens

Hypselodoris tryoni

Trapania vitta

Goniobranchus splendidus

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Glossodoris vespa

Ardeadoris sp. 2

Chromodoris sp. 1

Verconia simplex

Goniobranchus decorus

Thuridilla neona

A view of Old Woman Island from the dive deck.

Atagema sp. 2 - new species

Trinchesia sp. 39 - new species