Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Species List: 29-10-2016, Terry's Delight, Arkwight Shoals, off Pt. Arkwright, Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

46 species sighted at Terry's Delight, Arkwight Shoals, off Pt. Arkwright, Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 29-10-2016

Terry, Gary, and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 78 minute and 1 x 68 minute dives in water depths from 13 m to 18 m. 12 m viz, 23 C water temp and some surge.

This site continues to offer up many and diverse species for our camera lenses. The topography is a delight to search with plateaus at 14 m separated by steep walled narrow crevices dropping to 18 m and large open patches with jumbled rocks and larger boulders. The Diaphorodoris sp. has only been sighted once before and the Stiliger sp. is a new exciting find for us.

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

Aegires citrinus 1/5
Aegires flores 3/10
Ardeadoris egretta -/1
Ardeadoris sp. 2 2/3
Berthella martensi 2/-
Bornella anguilla 1/-
Bulbaeolidia alba -/1
Chelidonura inornata 6/-
Chromodoris burni -/2
Chromodoris elisabethina 5/2
Chromodoris kuiteri -/1
Chromodoris sp. 3 1/-
Cratena lineata 2/2
Dermatobranchus oculus 1/1
Dermatobranchus ornatus 2/1
Diaphorodoris sp. 1 1/-
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 34/32
Flabellina rubrolineata 1/5
Glossodoris rufomarginata 1/-
Glossodoris sp. 3 -/1
Glossodoris vespa 2/-
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 10/4
Hypselodoris maritima 2/-
Hypselodoris obscura 6/4
Hypselodoris sp. 2 1/-
Hypselodoris whitei 1/-
Hypselodoris zephyra -/1
Mexichromis trilineata 1/-
Miamira magnifica 1/-
Phyllidia exquisita -/1
Phyllidia ocellata 2/1
Phyllidia picta -/1
Phyllidia varicosa 1/2
Phyllidiella lizae 2/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 5/5
Phyllidiopsis burni 1/-
Sagaminopteron ornatum 4/5
Stiliger sp. 1 1/- New species
Tambja victoriae -/1
Thuridilla splendens 3/-
Trinchesia sp. 1 -/2
Trinchesia sp. 3 1/-
Tritoniopsis alba 3/1
Tylodina corticalis 5/4
Verconia simplex 1/-

Tylodina corticalis

Hypselodoris maritima

Thuridilla splendens

Dermatobranchus ornatus - a pair

Phyllidia varicosa - extremely large specimen

Doriprismatica atromarginata - group feeding

Berthella martensi

Hypselodoris whitei

Hypselodoris zephyra - buccal tube 
extended feeding

Glossodoris sp. 3

Hypselodoris jacksoni - a mating pair

Tritoniopsis alba - feeding on soft coral colony

Phyllidiopsis burni

Stiliger sp. 1 - New species

Flabellina rubrolineata

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Goniobranchus geometricus

Cratena lineata

Glossodoris rufomarginata - specks on dorsum

Chromodoris elisabethina

Mexichromis trilineata

Chelidonura inornata

Dermatobranchus oculus

Hypselodoris sp. 2

Glossodoris vespa

Miamira magnifica

Diaphorodoris sp. 1

Verconia simplex

Chromodoris kuiteri

Phyllidia ocellata

Phyllidiella lizae

Surface conditions

Trinchesia sp. 1

Ardeadoris egretta 

Searching amongst the jumble of 
rocks and boulders

Aegires flores

Phyllidia picta

Aegires citrinus

Chromodoris burni