Thursday, January 5, 2017

Species List: 03-01-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

22 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 03-01-2017.

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this single shore entry dive, the first for the new year, of 135 minutes. Maximum depth 6.1 m, 26 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

The whole team joined up to enjoy our first dive of the new year. Conditions offshore have turned rough for the rest of the week but we can still enjoy the river providing there is not excessive rainfall to cause runoff from the river catchment. Mostly the usual suspects to report from this dive except for the totally unexpected find of a single specimen of Trapania scurra. Of course we should no longer be surprised at the unusual species turning up in the river considering those we have already found - including the closely related Trapania miltabrancha. Both are most probably new records for Australia.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -2
Doto sp. 3 -1
Eubranchus sp. 3 -1
Eubranchus sp. 13 -1
Facelina sp. 7 -1
Flabellina angelvaldesi -1
Flabellina rubrolineata -1
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -16
Goniobranchus decorus -4
Goniobranchus splendidus -2
Goniobranchus verrieri -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -17
Goniodoridella savignyi -3
Gymnodoris sp. 9 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
* Hypselodoris obscura -35
Jorunna sp. 3 -1
Philinopsis falciphallus -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -7
Trapania scurra -1 New Species

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniodoridella sp. 1 - mating pair

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Philinopsis falciphallus

Eubranchus sp. 3 

Goniobranchus verrieri

Jorunna sp. 3

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Flabellina rubrolineata

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Doto sp. 3

Eubranchus sp. 13

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Flabellina angelvaldesi

Facelina sp. 7 

Goniodoridella savignyi

Surface conditions at the entry point

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Goniobranchus splendidus

Goniobranchus daphne


Goniobranchus decorus

Trapania scurra - new species

Pteraeolidia semperi